Stress & Skin: Tips to Stop Stress-Related Acne

Stress can cause a myriad of ills. From impacting mobility and causing muscle tension, to sleeplessness, it’s a challenge of our times most of us are all too familiar with.

But stress can also cause acne and you don’t have to be a teenager to suffer from it.  Acne outbreaks affect an increasing number of adults, prompting health professionals to dub it an epidemic.

When stress hits, the hormone cortisol is released into the system, with disastrous results – sometimes, for our skin.

Stress and acne.

Your body’s response to stress is to re-direct needed resources to parts of your body intrinsically implicated in the project of fighting it.  That deprives your skin of needed oxygen and blood, leaving it with a lifeless, sallow appearance.  But the effect can also be pores which become clogged with excess oils and environmental agents, leading to stress-related acne.

This blog post will share our tips to stop stress-related acne before it becomes much less manageable.

Getting the grunge off.

Exfoliation should be your daily habit, when you’re hoping to prevent stress-related acne outbreaks.  Your skin can collect a film of oil, pollutants in the air and dead cells which can be the source of outbreaks.

Choose a quality product which gently exfoliates, effectively cleansing your skin and priming it for the delivery of a moisturizing agent to keep it looking its best.

Act quickly.

Most of us can tell when a blemish is forming.  We can feel it “boiling” below the surface of our skin.  When we sense that a blemish is trying to make its way to the surface, immediate action is required.

Applying a spot blemish treatment which contains salicylic acid can prevent the blemish from becoming fully realized and help reduce the redness associated with acne.

Prevent skin dehydration.

Some believe that avoiding a diet rich in oils and using only oil-free products on their skin will help them avoid stress-related acne outbreaks.  But nothing could be further from the truth.

Depriving yourself of necessary topical and ingestible oils will cause oil production in your skin to go into overdrive, as it attempts to compensate for the oils you’ve been depleted of.  Achieving balance in your moisturizing routine by practicing adequate cleansing and exfoliation, will help keep your skin free of acne.


Doctors treating patients with acne have been finding that supplementing drug therapy with probiotics (healthy bacteria) can re-set the bacteria levels in your gut, thus leading to fewer outbreaks.

By combatting bad bacteria with good, balance is restored and outbreaks, greatly reduced.

We hope these tips to stop stress-related acne have been helpful.  Our aim at [primary_practice] is to offer practical advice, as well as leading aesthetic treatments, to our guests.  Healthy skin, like general health, begins with a balanced approach to self-care and a personal commitment to prevention.

[primary_practice]’s aesthetics professionals have your best look in mind.  Concerned about stress-related acne, or the scars left behind by outbreaks?  Come talk to one of our technicians about the treatments and therapies offered here.