Is stress acne getting you down? You’re not alone. Since the
quarantines and lockdowns began, dermatologists have been seeing many adult
clients who have had breakouts due to the stressful situation. Patients are
often confused about why they’re having these sudden flare-ups when they’re not
spending much time outside, so they aren’t being exposed to grime and pollution
in the way they were in previous years. What you may have noticed is that when
you’re feeling nervous and tense, your skin seems to also go through a tough
time. Although your mental state doesn’t cause conditions like eczema or acne, your
body does unfortunately release hormones when you’re constantly in a stressed-out
state. This can lead to the development of visible conditions. Cortisol, for
example, can trigger or worsen your breakouts. For conditions that result in
blemishes and pimples,
our Albuquerque-based team believes that learning techniques to
manage stress can help you to soothe your skin more effectively and prevent
We know that having skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis,
rosacea, and eczema can be more than just bothersome because of the cosmetic
issues. They can also be a lot to deal with mentally because they may seem
unpredictable—and some can’t be cured. These skin problems have a major impact
on patients’ lives and are linked to feelings of anxiety, depression, and low
self-esteem. Although it may not be fully possible to stop any kind of stress,
here’s what you can do to help:
Sleeping is one of the most effective stress reducers. When
you’re sleep deprived, your exhaustion not only puts you in a worse mood, but
also gives you bad skin. Try to get enough quality sleep—preferably seven to
nine hours each night—and regulate your sleep schedule.
Whether it’s watching TV, reading a book, painting, or chatting
with friends, try to make a little time each day to do something that puts you
in a better mood.
Mindfulness meditation and transcendental meditation have
been shown to help people focus on the present, build self-esteem, and reduce
levels of cortisol in the body.
Exercise is well known for improving your physical and
mental health. The gentle, relaxing movements of tai chi and yoga can help you
to release tension.
Find out more about treatments for chronic skin conditions
like acne from our team at Western
Dermatology Consultants. Call us
at 505-855-9267, or submit a contact form to learn more about how emotional stress and
anxiety can affect your skin.