Is Stress Causing Your ACNE?
Studies show that both acute and chronic stress can bring on negative effects on overall skin wellness! Acne related to stress is linked to several skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema, acne, and hair loss.
Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for problematic skin to heal.
Have you ever noticed that you break out more when you’re stressed? This is because stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems.
The health of our skin is connected to our mind. When our body is under tremendous amounts of stress it can be expressed through our skin. And not in a positive way. Stress is unfortunately a natural part of life. From handling bills, family issues, job constraints, even our favorite sports team can cause us stress.
Get enough sleep. Seven to 8 hours each night is ideal. Don't neglect your skin. Take care of it, even if you're tired or stressed. Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or visual imagery. Get regular exercise. It's good for your skin and the rest of your body. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy! Take a bath or read a book. Take a walk around the block or a light run. Learn to say no. It's OK to set limits and boundaries to lower your stress. Talk it out or write in your favorite journal. Find a great listener, such as a friend or a professional therapist.
For stress-related acne, try using an over-the-counter topical ointment containing salicylic acid, which sloughs away dead skin cells that clog pores, leading to pimples. Clean acne-prone areas to remove skin oils and use a good moisturizer. If you've tried over the counter (nonprescription) acne products for several weeks and they haven't helped, ask your doctor about prescription-strength medications.
A dermatologist can help you:
• Control your acne
• Avoid scarring or other damage to your skin
• Make scars less noticeable
For persistent acne and more serious skin problems you’ll want to see a board-certified dermatologist.