Say Goodbye To Stress Acne

Say Goodbye To Stress Acne


Ever felt overwhelmed? Too many things to handle at one go or do you have a presentation due the following day? Having to juggle many different things such as work, lifestyle, friends, and friends is not at all easy. Not to mention, the amount of stress they bring! But what is that you see? Pimples? Can life get any more miserable? It looks like clear, glowing skin is so far out of reach!

Fret not, the pimples that you see popping up on your face could be a mere indication that you are under a lot of emotional stress at that point in time. If it makes you feel any better, you are not alone in this battle against stress pimples, many people out there also suffer from acne breakouts whenever they feel overwhelmed or have fluctuating stress levels. As such, this type of acne falre ups – stress acne – can easily be reduced!

How then should you treat stress acne? Let us share with you a few tips!

How To Treat Stress Acne Breakouts

When it comes to stress-related breakouts, the simplest way to solve it would be to run down to the nearest drugstore and get yourself some over-the-counter topical spot treatment. Products like the ones mentioned here could help.

You are encouraged to pick out topical treatments like salicylic acid or topical benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients are great and can be applied straight onto the face and does not dry out or cause any form of irritation to your face.

What’s more, such kinds of spot treatments are anti inflammatory, target acne causing bacteria and prevent your acne flare ups from becoming painful cysts.

As many of us know, anything that’s too strong can aggravate acne and even cause premature aging. Either way, make sure to have dry skin remedies handy. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid are great for hydrating and moisturizing your skin, which also helps to prevent stress acne.

In the event that you have a stress cyst that causes you pain, it is recommended to use either a warm or cold compress and place it over the area to help ease the pain and reduce the redness. If you are someone who doesn’t like spending much on skincare products, take note! Ice itself is also a good method to help with stress acne.

You could even make ice cubes from green tea as the ingredients in green tea have been shown to help reduce the production of sebum. You also can’t discount the benefits of honey on face for helping alleviate acne.

One other solution would be to get yourself some alpha-hydroxy acid solution or place a hydrocolloid patch on tough spots. These kinds of treatments are especially good for cystic acne and wound healing to prevent permanent scarring.

If you are experiencing very serious stress acne, you are highly encouraged to seek treatment from a board certified dermatologist. This is especially so if you have acne-prone skin, hormonal acne or if you notice that you’re getting more breakouts.

Remember, the earlier you have your consultation with the dermatologist, the faster they can provide you with the proper treatment and prevention techniques for your acne breakout. Unlike the medications or skincare products you find at the drugstores, board certified dermatologists are also able to prescribe you very specific medication that can help you control and regulate your hormones such as birth control pills and other antibiotics. Furthermore, your doctor can be very specific based on your needs, otherwise, if you self-medicate, it can exacerbate the problem and even cause dry patches on face.

There are a few treatments that your dermatologist might suggest to you if stress acne is something that you suffer from:

  • Hormonal antibiotics
  • Oral retinoids and antibiotics
  • Topical retinoids and antibiotics

Question is, why do we suffer from stress acne?

Well, when you are overwhelmed, or stressed, your skin activates its “defense mode” the minute it detects any signs of stress. This is because your body begins to release hormones – the very hormones that instigate your ‘fight or flight’ instincts. These hormonal changes trigger your oil glands, leading to more oil being produced. As such, acne forms as your oily skin becomes a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria.

Although stress is not a direct contributor to acne, it can, sadly, exacerbate it. If you are someone who easily breaks out, stress might cause your acne to become even worse. Acne itself is an inflammatory condition and it can be made worse when hormones are released when a person feels stressed. This leads to even more inflammation.

Hormonal acne can also become more severe if you have a healthy diet. Consuming large amounts of sugary or oily foods can make your acne worse and increase inflammation of your skin.

Here are some skincare tips for repeated stress acne:

  1. Use a pH balanced cleaner and moisturizer that does not clog up your pores. This is especially important in an oily skin regimen paired with stress management.
  2. Use gentler serums with Vitamin C in these once you have finished cleaning your face. But do use these serums before you moisturize. In doing so, your acne and other skin problems can be reduced. If you ask yourself, “what order should i do my skincare,” then this is definitely it.
  3. Always stay hydrated. It’s a must if you want better health and beautiful skin.
  4. Try switching your diet to one that is low in glycemic. This means consuming food that takes longer to break down into sugar in your bloodstream. This diet can be very beneficial too!

How to reduce stress hormones

Thinking about it, stress is here to stay and will always come back once in a while to haunt you. It’s normal. However, what you can do is reduce the amount of stress you feel. Stress management truly is the key.

Stress is definitely not at all good for the body or the soul. Too much of it could lead to sudden rapid aging of skin, even. In order to try and reduce the amount of stress you feel, you could (if you have the means) partake in a full relaxing day in a spa. Self-care is necessary and should be done every once in a while. You could also partake in meditation, yoga, any form of exercise, or even a walk. Have a talk with your friends or a therapist if need be. It is good to acknowledge and be aware that you are stressed and learn how to deal with your stressors.

All in all, stress acne is not something that you can get rid of overnight. In fact, it might be here with you in the long run. Stress has an impact on our health, as is mentioned in this article. That is why you should learn how to deal and cope with the stress to help reduce your chances of having stress acne or making it worse. Even if you do have stress acne, have no fear!

Just head down to the nearest drugstore to get yourself some simple over the counter medications to help soothe your acne breakouts. If it becomes too stubborn and refuses to leave, or becomes even more inflamed, it will be a good idea to seek professional advice to help you ease out your stress acne.


When it comes to being stressed, take the time to sit back and have a breather. To remind yourself that all is well and that you can get through it. Meditate for about ten to fifteen minutes every night and ensure that you too get enough sleep to get you through the day. You reduce the effects of stress acne when you manage your stress levels well. With that being said, all the best and start relaxing today!

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