Stress acne: Dealing with breakouts

When we’re stressed about something, we’ve noticed that our skin somehow breaks out. At first, you might not even realize that the cause of this sudden acne appearance is the stressful situation. But don’t worry, stress acne is something we’ve all been through and go through from time to time. And there’s actually a reason why stress and pimples are connected.

Our bodies increase the production of the hormone cortisol when we experience stress. It tells our oil glands to work overtime, which means it produces more oil. More oil leads to stress acne flaring up.

Here’s what we can do about it though. While tackling the root cause of stress might seem obvious, it’s can be incredibly tough. Sometimes, just taking a step back and figuring out what’s really bugging us can be a big help. And the best part is, once we start tackling that stress, we’ll likely see those breakouts begin to leave in a few days or weeks.

Now, while we’re working on being less stressed, there are some other steps we can use to help our skin out. For starters, let’s make washing our face a non-negotiable part of our day, twice a day is a good rule. It’s like giving our skin a fresh start in the morning and a gentle cleanse from the day’s work at night.

There are also some ingredients we can add to our skincare routine: benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, resorcinol, and retinoids. They’re great at helping fight off stress acne. But, we advise having a chat with a dermatologist to make sure we’re all good to use them and learn the best way how.

Oh, and we say this with love: please stop picking at your pimples. It’s tempting, we know, but we don’t want to end up with them getting inflamed and possibly leaving a scar behind. You’re beautiful with or without scars but let’s try not to add more to the ones we’re healing.

We should also try to be mindful about what we eat. Sometimes, the stuff we munch on can be like throwing fuel on the fire when it comes to skin breakouts. Cutting down on oily foods can really make a difference. It’s all about showing our skin some love from the inside out.

Last but not least, getting active and shaking with some exercise can help beat stress and therefore help our skin. Plus, it’s just a great mood booster. Finding out what stresses us and tackling it head-on can be what we need.

Remember, we’re in this together and are all working towards getting that clear glass skin. Let’s support each other and share what works for us.

Stay kind to yourself and your skin!


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