Does Stress Cause Adult Acne?

Adult Acne Is on the Rise and Stress May Be the Cause

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Acne is not a just a problem for teenagers going through puberty, it can also happen to adults. There are many causes of adult acne and stress can be among them.

There are steps you can take to figure out if your acne is related to stress as well as ways to combat it. Reducing your levels of stress may not only help clear your skin but also prevent other (often more serious) health problems.

The Link Between Adult Acne and Stress.

There is a link between adult acne and stress and research has proven it.

In fact, stress is considered one of the main culprits when it comes to acne in adults.

Acne breakouts happen when your body is stressed because of the increase in stress hormones that can throw off your equilibrium. This can cause all sorts of changes, such as weight gain, increased blood pressure, and worsened acne.

Experts are divided on whether stress actually creates acne or just worsens it. What is not in dispute is that stress does increase the amount of oil your skin secretes, which can clog pores and cause breakouts.

Is Your Acne Stress-Related?

One way to tell if acne is stress-related is to be aware of when your breakouts occur. Compare this to your stress levels from the preceding week.

  • If breakouts tend to match up with the times that your body is feeling stressed, there is probably a link.
  • If, however, you tend to get acne on specific spots like the right side of your chin or your left cheek, that could actually be due to environmental factors like your cell phone resting on your face as you talk.

    A Breakout at the Worst Time!

    There are times when the link is obvious. You may be preparing for a big presentation at work or planning your daughter's wedding. Just before the big day, you notice a new zit in the middle of your chin!

    All of those long hours, late nights and concerns about your plans fitting into perfect alignment were stressful.

    It's also likely that you overlooked a few basic personal needs or rushed your skin care routine because you were simply too busy.

    The timing is the worst possible scenario you can imagine because everyone is going to be looking at you (and the big red dot on your face!). Often, that self-talk is overexaggerating, but it is what we think about and that can lead to even more stress.

    How You Can Reduce Stress-Related Breakouts

    Taking control of the situation before a breakout is your best line of defense against stress-related acne. You know yourself best and can recognize when you are most likely to get stressed out. Remain mindful of that and try to prevent it as much as you can.

    I also recommend exfoliating and even using a home microdermabrasion kit, which removes the top layer of skin and stimulates new, fresh skin to grow. I'm not a dermatologist so that recommendation is only a lay opinion. Many adults find success with natural treatments for acne as well.

    The Affect of Stress on Your Overall Health

    As for the rest of your body, stress affects your health in many ways, from minor to major.

    It impacts virtually every system in your body and even ages you prematurely.

    To discover how stress affects your body, explore these articles:

    Stress management is the obvious choice for better health as well as clearer skin. Everyone's stress is different and it is important for your well-being to find the stress reliever that fits best with your personality and lifestyle.

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