Stress & Acne – Are They Related?
Have you ever noticed that breakouts seem to appear when you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed? Your skin, just like the rest of your body, can be negatively affected by your stress levels. This is because when we experience stress, our bodies go through hormonal changes.
One of the changes we experience under stress is the production of cortisol, a hormone that tells your glands to produce more oil and can lead to breakouts. In addition, stress is also responsible for causing a chemical response in your body, making it more sensitive and prone to inflammation. This reaction can cause breakouts to take longer to heal.
Stress can be difficult to manage at times — especially when so many things in life are out of our control, but we can try to take a few steps in the right direction. There are a few things that you can incorporate into your life to try to reduce your stress levels such as meditation, yoga, exercise, or anything that makes you feel at ease. Try to do this relaxing activity at least once a day to manage stress which will help your hormones to remain balanced and may reduce breakouts.
The diagram below provides a few more stress-reducing activities and ideas that can be beneficial to anyone who feels overcome by stress: