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​Can Stress Cause Acne?

October 22nd, 2015

Stress and Acne are two things we would rather not have to deal with at all; as singular issues they are troublesome enough, but when combined they can become both psychologically and physically overwhelming.

Acne and stress tend to both affect us or ‘flare-up’ at the same time, and this can be because of the vicious circle that occurs. If we are prone to this that in itself is pretty stressful, and the anxiety from this can contribute to a further break-out, which can cause more stress… and the cycle continues.

Eating due to stress can cause Break-Outs

When we are stressed, if our stress level allows us to eat at all, then ‘comfort eating’ can be a temporary solution that is actually quite effective. Carbohydrates contain serotonin (the hormone that makes us feel good), which is why we love rubbish food so much! The downsides to eating foods that are high in carbs, however, is that not only are you likely to put on weight, but you are also much more likely to suffer a break-out.

Sweating excessively due to stress

When we stress, we become anxious. The physical symptoms that we experience when we are suffering with anxiety include excessive sweating. It is a common misconception that the toxins in our body can be removed by sweat; in actual fact, you are more likely to suffer a break-out if you sweat more. When your pores are clogged already with dirt and dead skin cells (the original cause of acne), sweat causes the acne bacteria to multiply in number and result in a ‘flare-up’. If you sweat lots from stress, make sure you wash your face regularly.

Hormone Imbalances

Hormone imbalances can also act as a catalyst when we stress, we produce more hormones that are connected with stress, such as adrenaline and cortisol; excess hormones such as these can cause us to sweat more, which as explained can cause break-outs.

How do you get rid of Acne?

There are many ways that are said to get rid of your acne. Sometimes, depending on the severity of the acne, you may want to get an opinion from a specialist. To find a specialist near you, click here.

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