It’s a fact: Stress can make acne and breakouts worse. There has been a reported uptick in the number of patients visiting dermatologist offices with skin conditions lately. And considering the times we live in now, this is not surprising, nor is it good news. The exact cause can be speculated, but stress is a factor. And while stress may not cause breakouts, it can make them worse.
It has to do with the release of hormones and how your immune system “overreacts” to a breakout, thus making your skin redder, more irritated and more inflamed—this means bigger, redder pimples.
What can be done? That depends on you. The first thing to do: If your skin condition seems to be persistent, visit a dermatologist. Only a dermatologist can get to the bottom of what kind of acne condition you have and how best to get it under control. If stress is a factor in your life, look into stress management techniques, such as deep breathing exercises. And don’t blame yourself: Acne is hormonal, and it can be treated with various topical medications. Many of these medications are now being made in more gentle formulas, so you won’t suffer the dryness and irritation that’s often been connected to prescription acne medications. One to ask your dermatologist about: Atralin, an acne-fighting gel with tretinoin.