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Is Stress Giving You Acne?

Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand or threat.

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There are different forms of stress, physical, emotional and mental.  We all have experienced some sort of stress at one time or another.  Stress at work, you stress out, when your project’s deadline is due.  Or you’re stressing out over a major test scheduled next week at school.   I would like to bring to your attention other types of stress that effect your skin in a negative way.

Environmental Stress

Stress to skin caused by extreme climate

Many researchers agree that acne is usually aggravated in hot and humid climates.  When it’s hot and humid we tend to sweat more. This can make the acne worse.  In a hot climate, sebaceous glands produce more sebum (oil), which may cause acne

Excessive Washing

In an effort to remove excess oil (sebum).   Most people remove the much needed water for their skin.  The skin becomes dehydrated.  Dehydrated dry skin has a slow cellular turnover rate and will show fine lines faster.

Improper Use of Products  

Disturbing the your skin’s natural skin barrier.

Your skin barrier or the Natural Moisture Factor Barrier (NMF) is a defense layer or shield against outside irritants, such as environmental  pollutants.

Using harsh Alcohol base toners to remove excess oils, damaging the delicate network of the skin’s acid mantle, causes hyperkeratinization, (the process of dead skin cells sloughing)  The build up of dead cells prevents the natural flow of sebum upward through the pores.  Causing the propionibacterium acnes, or P.acnes to locate its food source, sebum, now trapped below the surface of the skin.

Stress Of Lifestyle Choices


Increases the possibility of non-inflammatory acne.  Researchers at the San Gallicano Dermatological Institute in Rome, Italy suggest that smoking cigarettes may cause acne breakouts

Smoking shows a higher relationship to non-inflammatory (a-typical) post-adolescent acne (APAA).  Researchers have dubbed it "smoker’s acne

What is Non-inflammatory Acne?

Non-inflammatory breakouts do not appear as the red (inflamed) pimples we often associate with acne.  Instead, non-inflammatory acne blocks pores and frequently appear as skin-colored bumps (comedones) on the skin and non-inflamed blackheads.  It can happen anywhere on the body, but it’s most noticeable on the cheeks. 

Poor Nutritional Choices

The relationship of diet and acne.   

High-glycemic load seems to be associated with the occurrence of acne.

Lack of sleep

Weakens your immune system.  This makes you susceptible to bacteria.   Disruptions in the sleep cycle may result in an increase in cortisol which can lead to  skin inflammation, improper healing and conditions like acne, and rosacea.  It stimulates the adrenal glands into over producing cortisol, a steroid, consequently making the sebaceous glands produce more oil, making the skin extra oily.

Stress Relief


Facials increase blood circulation.   Increasing your blood circulation,  sends more oxygen to your skin cells and carries cell waste away. 

Total relaxation is an extraordinary facial benefit.  Relaxation works in conjunction with stress relief to reveal a refreshed, glowing and re-energized you.   Less stress, less breakouts.


Meditation can relieve stress, which is one of the leading causes of acne.  It creates a balanced environment in the body and regulate hormones and other chemical substances whose irregularity causes acne.


According to Dr. B. Strum, of  Aesthetic Medicine,  “The stimulation of lymph node drainage is highly recommended for acne. With regular treatment, the symptoms of a congested lymphatic system can be dramatically reduced, improving the skin's appearance.”


Don’t wait until the last minute, plan healthy meals in advance.  Having a weekly meal plan and a prepared a shopping list will help you eat healthier.

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