Scientists have yet to determine whether there is a direct link between stress levels and the appearance of pimples. The effects of stress on the organism, however, trigger the factors that contribute to the development of acne and break-outs.
Stress increases the production of many hormones. The resulting hormonal imbalance may lead to increased sebum production, and pimples. The presence of increased amounts of adrenaline in the blood stream leads to the sudden contraction of the sebaceous ducts, causing vessel walls to spasm. Delays in the excretion of sebum causes blocked pores, which lead to pimples.
Stress aggravates many chronic ailments. In addition, skin (and the presence of acne) may reflect pathologic problems happening within the organism. Red forehead pimples are most frequently caused by digestive issues, such as gut dysbiosis or constipation. Stress is a big burden on the liver, whose function can be disregulated, causing a massive release of toxins into the organism, thereby leading to break-outs.
Depression and stress result in decreased overall immunity in the body. Increased levels of adrenaline dilate pores, which helps dirt and bacteria penetrate inside and cause inflammation. Certain medications, including anti-depressants and hormone therapy drugs, can also cause acne.
Many women suffer from PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), which is categorized with higher levels of stress and hormonal imbalance, the combination of which causes break-outs.
Break-outs can even be caused by an unfortunate combination of stress and poor weather, which may lead to disruption of the pH balance of the skin and – you guessed it – inflammation and break-outs.
It is, therefore, possible to connect biochemical processes caused by stress with the appearance of acne and pimples. It is not, however, possible to argue that this is a consistent pattern, and that stress causes everyone to break out. Everything is very much dependent on the individual reaction to stress triggers.
Stress-related acne is really difficult to treat. In fact, attempts at treatment often lead to worsening of the situation, due to several reasons:
- Concern over the appearance: presence of pimples leads to stress, which leads to the appearance of more pimples.
- Behavioral reactions caused by stress: upon seeing pimples on the face, people are tempted to touch, scratch, or squeeze them, worsening the inflammation and causing more break-outs.
Attempts to mask the pimple with cosmetics lead to clogged pores, which worsens the situation. The cover-up does not allow the skin to 'breathe,' thereby locking bacteria inside and letting them propagate at will.
Attempts to 'remove' the pimple by squeezing it result in damage to the micro-capillaries, tears in the sebaceous duct, and the spread of inflammation over a larger area.
Frequent face washing and use of cleansing products leads to over-drying of the skin, and removal of the moisture essential in creating a protective film over the top layer of the epidermis. Skin becomes more sensitive and, therefore, more prone to break-outs.
Continued break-outs lead to higher stress, which triggers more breakouts, and the result is a vicious cycle of stress and pimples, which has a detrimental effect on the organism, as prolonged high stress levels delay the skin regeneration process.
Therefore, it is inadvisable to attempt getting rid of stress-related acne by conventional means, as it does not always lead to positive outcomes. Frequently, such attempts end in dark spots, lesions, or scars.
To fight stress-related acne, it is important to address the cause of stress, in addition to treating the pimples. Depending on preferences and/or results, herbal infusions (valerian root, motherwort, mint, lemon balm) or anti-anxiety medication might be helpful in dealing with the stress.
To get rid of acne, we recommend morning use of Anti Zits Cream, which is based on natural organic extracts. Pimples Gel, formulated with herbal extracts to soothe inflammation, reduce redness, and calm irritated skin, is best used at night before bed. Anti Zits Cream and Pimples Gel are both suitable for the treatment of severe acne lesions.
While it is difficult to say if stress is the direct cause of acne, it has been established to be the provoking factor, which not only leads to break-outs, but also considerably complicates the treatment process.
Currently, there are no tests to see whether skin, normally not acne-prone, is susceptible to stress-related break-outs: the body behaves in unpredictable ways when stressed. It is, however, important to note that clean pores will have no trouble excreting excess sebum even under extreme circumstances.
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Therefore, the best advice for preventing stress-related acne is to take good care of the skin.
HiLée Bio SK moisturizing cream is an excellent means of prevention and nutrition. Formulated with essential vitamins, it helps preserve the skin from the effects of the environment.
As for the rest, avoid stressful situations (as much as possible), take care of your mental health, and lead an active and healthy lifestyle. That is, take care of yourself.