The Stress and Acne Cycle


Acne, spots, pimples or breakouts. Whatever you call them, it always adds up to the same thing; discomfort, pain, and stress. Most people have experienced spots at some stage whether you’re male or female, a teenager or older. Although in the grand scheme of things breakouts are not a serious issue, the reality is that most of us that have been blighted by them have suffered. The irony, however, is that not only do they cause us stress but in fact, they are often caused by stress. We have covered stress before when discussing dry skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Today, we look at ways to reduce stress and help reduce breakouts caused it.

Stress is on the rise in our modern day lives. Constantly hooked up to our office inboxes, our social media accounts, our chores, our families and our social lives. Modern life is always ‘on’ and whether you feel it or not, the constant challenge of balancing work with life takes its toll. Tension can manifest itself internally and affects our levels of cortisol, which can lead to more oil production (sebum) by our sebaceous glands. The increase in oil production is a key reason for breakouts and acne-prone skin. So what can you do?

RELAX – Luckily, there are ways to give your skin a break and spend some much needed ‘me’ time to relax.

Take time to relax

There’s a reason why yoga and meditation have grown in popularity so much in recent years. The chance to focus on yourself and your breathing can help reduce stress hormones such as cortisol and noradrenaline. Even taking a bath and unwinding makes a lot of difference.

Sleep, glorious sleep

This isn’t a myth, sleep is absolutely crucial. Around 7-8 hours sleep is what most experts recommend as an ideal amount to rest. It allows you to recharge and helps you lower body sugar levels, optimise hormonal production and reduces the likelihood of serious illnesses forming.

Skincare can help

You can reduce stress by adopting a skincare routine that you trust. Ingredients such as Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Vitamin D5, Vitamin E, Allantoin and Chamomile Extracts are excellent examples of ingredients that combine to battle the symptoms of breakouts. Ingredients that reduce inflammation, encourage skin renewal, reduce soreness and offer a barrier to the skin are ideal to help protect your skin during the day and recover while you sleep. It is important to use products that do not dry out your skin as this can exacerbate the situation. Our Clarity Skin Clearing Spot Gel was designed by an acne-sufferer and offers an all-encompassing solution to help reduce symptoms.

Improve your eating habits and exercise

It’s quite simple really; the two often go hand in hand. Exercise reduces cortisol levels and increases production of neuro-hormones such as norepinephrine that can help with your moods, cognitive function and ability to absorb information. Exercise is often an excellent trigger that gets us eating more healthily, which we all understand is an important factor.

Related Article: Why Sugar Should Be Avoided to Help Preserve Your Skin

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