Controlling Stress Acne

by Karen Bates
(last updated October 28, 2016)

It has happened to just about everyone: life gets hectic and crazy, and it seems like there are a million things to worry about. Maybe it's work or school or taking care of the kids. Regardless of the cause, stress seems inevitable and sometimes you feel like it never goes away.

Unfortunately, stress can really do a number on your health. When you are constantly worrying about things, your body may respond by becoming tired out and fatigued. Your blood pressure may rise and you could have trouble sleeping. But stress can impact your health in other ways that you might not realize.

Believe it or not, stress can cause skin problems, too. Acne caused by stress is common, and it is a problem that many people deal with all the time. During times of extra stress, you may find that you are more prone to breakouts and irritated skin.

What can you do to help control stress acne? If you find that you are especially susceptible to breakouts when you are stressed out, try some of these ideas to help your skin:

  • Of course, the most obvious solution to your acne problem is to eliminate or reduce the source of stress in your life. This is not always a possibility, but if you are able to make changes in your life that will help your stress levels, give it a try.
  • Find ways to relax daily. For example, you might set aside some time to meditate or do yoga. Some find exercise to be relaxing as well. Put yourself at ease physically and mentally, and you may find that your acne clears up a bit.
  • Although you may not be able to control the levels of stress in your life, you can usually control what you eat. The foods you choose during the day can make a huge difference to how your body can handle stress. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink water often. Breakouts can improve when you eat a proper diet.
  • Try using acne cleanser or face wash. Many of these products can help get rid of acne and clean your skin. Cleansers that include salicylic acid are known to work especially well.

If nothing else seems to work, make an appointment with a dermatologist to decide on a good treatment plan for your skin. These skin specialists will be able to help you improve your acne and prevent breakouts.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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