If you get stressed, it may trigger your acne-prone skin. Then that breakout causes EVEN. MORE. STRESS.
It’s a vicious cycle!
Who knew that stress is bad for your sanity AND your face?
Stress and Your Skin
Stress is bad for your immune system, which is bad for your whole body. Damaged immunity can mean trouble fighting infections and bacteria — like P. acnes bacteria, which cause acne.
Stress can also set off your nervous system and cause itchiness. But if you have blemishes, scratching at your face is the last thing you want to do!
Stress Hormones and Acne
One of the main ways stress affects you is by releasing hormones.
The OG stress hormone is cortisol, which can wreak havoc on acne-prone skin. Cortisol increases production of sebum and skin cells, two big acne components.
Stress also releases CRH. CRH activates inflammation, worsening the swelling and redness of acne breakouts.
Do you drink a lot of coffee or cola? Careful, the caffeine can double your body’s stress response. Caffeine may also interrupt your sleep, increasing your stress even more!
A packed schedule can be another stressor. Do you say yes to every task, favor, and invitation that comes your way? Pace yourself!
And when you do have responsibilities, don’t wait until the last minute. Procrastination now will mean stress later!
Tips to Reduce Stress
- Get organized. Manage your tasks so nothing falls through the cracks. Maybe make a cute to-do list. Crossing things off is incredibly motivating!
- Quality time with family and furbabies. Never underestimate the power of snuggles!
- Exercise. It’s all about endorphins. Reduce stress, feel awesome, and improve your fitness all at once!
- Less caffeine, more sleep. Ease off the coffee after lunch, and try to sleep at an earlier hour. If you struggle with insomnia, relax ahead of bedtime with a nice...
- Self-care Spa Night: Light candles, run a bath, and play your favorite chill-out jam. Relaxing your body can also relax your mind, lower your stress, and ease you into a peaceful sleep.