Can stress trigger acne?

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@Kythe42 (1412)
United States
May 30, 2007 12:05pm CST
I haven't really had much problem with acne in a long time. Sure I'll get a pimple here and there, but nothing like what I've been experiencing recently. All of a sudden in the past week I've been getting tons of pimples. They are mostly on my chin, but there are some on my neck and forehead as well. I'm trying to wash my face more with astringents to reduce the oil on my skin but I swear new pimples keep popping up everyday. I'd by some over the counter acne medicine, but even the generic brands are kind of expensive so I'm probably going to wait awhile to see if it gets any better. Could this be stress related?
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
30 May 07
Absolutely. Stress makes our hormones all out of wack including the adrenal glands. Stress also causes healing times to decrease. But one of the biggest things about when we are stressed, we also tend to eat all wrong. Like when i'm stressed i head straight for the chocolate. So all these things considered, acne can be worse due to stress.
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
30 May 07
Yes I know what you mean, I think I tend to eat more when I'm stressed. I love chocolate so much, it's hard to resist. I've been trying to eat dark chocolate more though since it's better for you than milk chocolate.
@nicolec (2673)
• United States
30 May 07
True dark chocolate is better. But even too much of that is no good. It's all about moderation. which, in all honesty, goes right out the window when I'm stressed. give me that chocolate ice cream and no one gets hurt!
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
30 May 07
Yea I can't get enough of that chocolate ice cream either. Most of the time I can resist buying it in the store, but if someone else brings it home, well it's going to be gone soon. LOL It seems like every time my mother brings home food from Wendy's she always gets chocolate frosties. I always eat mine right after dinner, but everyone else usually saves theirs for the next day. I don't get how they can do this.
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
30 May 07
Acne can be stree related, I find that I get breakouts in periods of stress. It can also be brough on by a change in the seasons or weather. I find that is something that often triggers it for me. I know are you aren't looking to spend much money on over the counter medications. I have a soap that really helps my skin, but it is pricey. It's called "Fresh Farmacy" and you can find it at www.lush.com. I also think that drinking a lot of water can help. It flushes out your body and you skin. Also I have heard that certain fruits like papaya or tomatoes can help acne when rubbed directly on the face.
@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
30 May 07
Good point about the weather. It's been so hot and humid lately. This kind of weather always makes me feel sick to my stomach so I guess it could cause breakouts too. I've been trying to drink more water since it's been so hot out and I get dehydrated easily, maybe I'll try to drink even more. I guess I'll be visiting the bathroom more as well. LOL
@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
30 May 07
I did look at that soap, but I can't use that stuff. I'm allergic to scented products. Thanks anyway for the suggestion.
• United States
3 Jun 07
Stress causes all kinds of weird things in our bodies. They can cause cold sores, head aches, acne, rashes, all kinds of things. Try to meditate - or at least make sure you are getting some time just for you.
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
3 Jun 07
I do meditate all the time, but thanks.
@321633wy (1795)
• United States
30 May 07
According to the study research stress can trigger the acne due to the chemical reaction in our body.I beleive it because few years ago for some reason i was so stressful and surprisingly an acne appeared on my face which i have never had pimples or acne before. When life become intense the adreanal glands start pumping cortisol into the bloodstream ,when this happen the sebaceous glands go into overdrive producing sebum (oil).This increases the pores become clogged with sticky substance ,thereby resulting the Blackhead which is stucked in the openning of the hair follicle.That's how the acne is formed. Hope this information will help.
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
30 May 07
Cortisol is such a nasty hormone, it can also cause you to gain weight as well.
@brimia (6582)
• United States
30 May 07
I think stress and hormonal changes are two of the biggest causes of acne. It might help to practice yoga and relaxation techniques and drink lots of water.
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
30 May 07
I do try to do meditation/relaxation stuff a lot. Sometimes though I get too relaxed too fast and I feel like I'm going to fall asleep after five minutes of doing it. LOL
• United States
30 May 07
That is about the only time I ever get acne, is from stress. I also tend to get cold sores when I'm REALLY stressed out. And its the only time I get those. I'm not even pretty when this happens. lol.
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@maryannemax (12168)
• Sweden
30 May 07
oh, you bet tanniebabe. when i have loads of acne on my face, i feel so low. my self esteem and self confidence are on it's lowest. and i feel so uncomfortable meeting people.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
31 May 07
Hi Kythe I think stress can do alot to your complexion. Stress can reek havic on your body. But it cant be helped. I think your doing the right things just always keep your face clean. You want to keep your pores closed. So when your done washing your face rinse with cold water.
• Philippines
31 May 07
you and i are very much the same. i don't get that much pimples as those of my friends who really have those terrible jobs and have enourmous tasks throughout the day. i think the body reacts to what you have put or stressed onto something. it's a viable cause.
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@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
31 May 07
Acne is caused by a number of things, stress being one of them. Stress changes your body chemistry so it is bound to impact the condition of your skin, hair and nails. There are some simple things you can do to help alleviate the break outs that won't cost you anything. Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible and change your pillow case every day. Use a facial mask of just egg white to help tighten pores. If you get a little break out, right before you go to bed just dab a little toothpaste on the pimple and it will be gone by morning. Also, drink lots of water to help cleanse your system and try to eat properly while you are stressed out.
• Philippines
31 May 07
My doctor said that too much stress triggers more oil production, which means more pimples.
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@Deane_2005 (1644)
• Philippines
31 May 07
I think stress could cause acne development. Esepcially if your skin is oily you could really get some pimples .Try to be in stress and you could see pimples sprout out your face if your into stress for many days.
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• Malaysia
31 May 07
all you need is get much time to relax.take a walk or jog.this will help you to relase tension.stress also can make people sick because of the high pressure of bloog in the bloodstream.
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• United States
31 May 07
Yes it can. At least for me. As a teen its truly odd, I had naturally clean skin. I rarely broke out. I hit my 20's and ever since (and I'm 27 now) I get break outs A LOT. The more stress the more I get. Also I get them when I dont wash my face enough. I am trying some acne stuff from Wal*mart which is pretty nice and works well when I use it all the time.
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@ruckz11 (131)
• Philippines
31 May 07
yeap, it really triggers acne..
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• United States
31 May 07
Stress most definitely is a factor in acne. Any dermatolos=gist will tell you that. There are some fairly inexpensive over the counter medicines for it. Just get an anti0acne cream. They are only a few dollars and will help some.
@rtydata (80)
• Philippines
31 May 07
Yes it can. I have done research on it previously because my husband had some skin irritation but no in his face. According to what I've read and what the doctor said, irritation due to stress can be in the form of acne, rashes, etc. Also, skin can be stressed as well from using too many medications, creams and astringents. The skin is like a sponge and the more products you use on it at one given time, the more it cannot absorb it. Use 1 product for each type of skin care regiment. I suggest that you get a hypoallergenic facial wash then gently pat (don't rub) your face and other affected areas with a sensitive astringent using a cotton ball then moisturize with a light cream like Nivea or anything that's not scented, sticky or heavy. Creams with Panthenol are known to have a soothing and healing effect (Nivea has one I think). Try not to wear make up if you don't really need to. If pimples are at your neck or back, there are herbal soaps that don;t cost as much but will help heal or soothe. Hope this helps.
• Philippines
31 May 07
Did you know that stress can not only trigger acne but also dandruff.. there are alot of things stress can trigger.. too much stress is not good for your health.. it can also trigger heart attack if it is really too much...That is why if you are under stress for quite sometime, acnes are one manifestation that you are under stress..goodluck..hope this helps..
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@ozangel82 (754)
• Australia
31 May 07
Definately! I always get pimples when I am stressed out, only problem is you cant really deal with it just by washing your face- you need to destress!
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@anmech (44)
• Philippines
31 May 07
it does...coz everytime I sleep late at night I get a red bump in the morning but I can't help it because of of overtime work
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• Nigeria
30 May 07
Most definately. i think so. Whenever i am stressed up i tend to have pimples and when i see them i know i have been overworking myself.
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