Let's Talk About Stress Acne
Updated: May 14, 2020
I'm stressed. Like we're talking next level, no sleep, binge eating, nail-biting stressed. So, it wasn't long before my body started reacting (aka the five new planets that are holding my forehead and chin hostage). Given the current situation of the world (a global pandemic weighing down on our shoulders), I know I'm not alone! Our skin is an immediate target of stress response, which means that a breakout is almost mandatory at this point. When you're under stress, your body releases all different types of hormones, including cortisol and adrenal androgens. These hormones instruct the sebaceous glands in your body to start producing more oil, which can increase the chances of breakouts and inflammation. So even though stress does not directly attack the skin, it does have a tremendous effect on your overall immune system. The good news is that skin is just skin, and your breakout isn't the end of the world, but if you're feeling super icky about your current skin situation, fear not! Here are some of the best ways to deal and cope with all your stress breakouts.
Treat yo self
Stress acne tends to show up on the lower extremities of the face, so it's best only to treat the affected areas and let the rest of your face breathe. Look for products with salicylic acid (to unclog your pores), benzoyl peroxide (antibacterial), and retinol (increases skin cell turnover rate). Whether it's a hydrocolloid overnight patch or a clay mask, treat your skin with kindness! Under no circumstances should you ever pick at your face.
Eat your greens
If you notice your skin getting a little funky, increase your intake of greens! Foods rich with antioxidants and vitamins (think dark and leafy), help fight inflammation and detoxify your body which leaves your skin happy and healthy.
Exercise and meditate
Most effective way to treat stress acne? Eliminate stress! Try fitting in a quick workout in the morning or a meditation session when you first wake up. Even a few minutes of peace each day can help reduce your cortisol levels.
Skin breakouts suck, mainly because I spend so much time trying to do everything right (forcing apple cider vinegar elixirs down my throat first thing in the morning + my 10 step skin regimen).
If you're feeling insecure about your acne during this time, remember two things:
1. It happens to everyone, even Rihanna.
2. Since you're staying the f*ck home (you better be), the only person seeing your skin crisis is you! Take this time to embrace your imperfections, and if all else fails, stay away from a mirror for a few days, that helps too :)
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