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Stress & Acne: How Stress Can Affect Your Complexion
Whether it’s a calendar full of deadlines or a school project that’s taking forever to complete, difficult situations can lead to stress—and that stress can show up on your face in the form of acne. Stress can also exacerbate other skin care concerns. Wonder what exactly the connection is between stress and your skin? Here, we explain how stress affects your complexion and what you can do to get your complexion under control.
How Stress Can Affect Your Skin
Stress can affect the appearance of your skin in more ways than one. For starters, when you’re stressed, your body produces hormones (such as cortisol) that can make your skin produce more oil. This excess oil can clog your pores and lead to stress acne. Stress can also aggravate other skin care concerns you might have, making them harder to heal. When you’re stressed, you also might find yourself putting less effort into your skin care routine. And when you’re not properly washing and moisturizing your face, this can cause your pores to be clogged with excess oil, dirt, and makeup, ultimately leaving you with breakouts. And stressing about the appearance of your skin can lead to more stress and more skin issues—basically it’s a vicious circle.
A Skin Care Routine to Get Rid of Stress Pimples
There are a few things you can do to treat stress simples. The most basic step you can take is sticking to a consistent skin care routine, even when you’re stressed and tired. This can have a major impact on how your skin looks. Use a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush with an Acne Clearing brush head to gently remove buildup from pores without causing irritation, then follow up with a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid spot treatment and non-comedogenic, oil-free moisturizer.
A few times a week, use a face mask that’s formulated to target acne—sulfur charcoal masks are a good option because they help detoxify the surface of skin. You can even multi-mask by using multiple face masks to address different issues at the same time. For example, you can use a pore-unclogging face mask for pimples on your forehead and a soothing mask for irritation on your cheeks. You can remove your face masks with a facial cleansing brush afterwards. If you have the time, a professional facial can be a great way to de-stress and treat your skin at the same time. Facials consist of a variety of steps, including exfoliating, masking, and steaming, all of which can benefit acne-prone skin.
How to De-Stress to Get Rid of Stress Acne
Take a deep breath in, and out. Beyond a basic acne skin care routine, treating stress pimples comes down to taking measures that can help you relax. Carve out time—even if it’s just 10 minutes—to do something that’ll calm you, whether that’s taking a bath or listening to music. Getting regular exercise can help boost your mood, while yoga specifically can help you manage stress. Making sure you get enough sleep each night is also important at helping to manage stress. As a bonus, sleep is great for your skin—this is when your skin repairs itself. After a good night’s sleep, you should wake up looking and feeling refreshed.