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Managing Stress-induced Acne Breakouts
2020 has been a year of unique challenges. It seems that stress has become the new norm, wreaking havoc on our mental health and our skin in a very unique way. While stress alone doesn’t cause acne, it definitely makes breakouts worse. From the uncertainties of a global pandemic to alarming national headlines on police brutality and racism, these past months have brought a bothersome element into our daily lives: stress, and a lot of it.
How stress can make acne breakouts worse
CRH is a corticotropin-releasing hormone that causes excess oil production and hormonal fluctuations in the body. It can create inflammation which triggers an immune response that we see as acne flares, or in short, breakouts. However, stress provokes breakouts in more ways than one. It also leads to poor sleep and unhealthy food habits which indirectly affect the health of our skin. Chronic stress can make breakouts last longer resulting in potential scarring. Stress can be just as detrimental as an actual skin disease.
How to manage stress-induced breakouts
These are a few ways you can manage stress-induced breakouts while investing in some much-needed self-care practices.
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