Does Stress Cause Acne?

Just when you want a clear face – a wedding, a speaking event – is exactly when a pimple or two makes its presence known. Most people ask themselves “why now of all times!”

According to Dr. Marjorie F. Yang, board-certified dermatologist with Forefront Dermatology, “Over the years many studies researched the direct correlation between stress and acne. One common underlying theme is the greater the stress, the more pronounced the breakout.  Studies suggest that a hormone receptor for the corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH) may participate in stress-exacerbated acne.  CRH receptors are present in human sebaceous glands.  Sebaceous gland cells exhibit stronger staining for CRH in acne-involved skin than normal skin.”

In addition to this stress-related hormone, stressful times commonly cause individuals to live a less than healthy lifestyle. They tend to sleep less, consume more processed foods and fail to stick to their skin care routines. All of these factors can also contribute to acne breakouts.

“Luckily, there is a way to help prevent stress-related acne breakouts. Practicing stress-reduction techniques is a great way to start controlling acne breakouts,” added Dr. Yang. “Each individual will have a technique that works best for themselves. For some it may be exercise, for others it may be reading a book or organizing spaces. Find what works best for you and make sure to implement it into the stressful times of your life. Secondly, monitor your lifestyle during these times. Get to bed early, increase your fruit and vegetable intake and always wash your face before bed. Small habits can lead to less breakouts during stressful times.”

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