5 Proven Tips to Prevent Breakouts from Stress!

Most of us have experienced an acne flare up when stress in on the rise. Why is it that breakouts develop when you're under pressure? In one word: STRESS! Below you'll find simple mind and body strategies for a clear, stress-free complexion.

Research supports the adverse impact of stress on the immune system. The skin, being the body’s largest organ, is intricately connected to the rest of our physiology, including the mind. The body responds to stress by directing blood flow and oxygen to areas vital for fighting the stress, and withdraws from other areas, including the skin. The skin subsequently becomes starved of blood and oxygen, making it dehydrated, dull, lifeless, and prone to clogged pores and breakouts.

1    Immediate Action Required

Don't wait and pray for your acne to go away. The sooner you treat it, that faster it will disappear. Use a fast-acting spot treatment the moment you feel a pimple forming. Look for products with salicylic acid, time-released benzoyl peroxide, or topical probiotics to rapidly reduce redness, inflammation and kill bacteria. Aloe and Vitamin E will help soothe and repair the skin.

2    Exfoliating: Your Secret Weapon

The period from the time a cell is born to the time it is shed is about a month. Though rather that simply falling off, many of these cells stick to the skin, thereby clogging pores and hair follicles. This cell debris coupled with the stress hormone (cortisol) causes the skin to produce excess follicle oils—which leads to blackheads and blemishes. While face washes are good at removing oil and dirt, they lack the grit necessary to remove dead cell debris as well as the dirt clogged in pores. Exfoliating will help remove the dead cells and decongest your pores, minimizing breakouts and aiding in the skin renewal process.

3    Avoid the "Skin Diet"

While many believe that skipping the moisturizer or using products that are oil free will prevent oily skin and clear breakouts, the opposite actually holds true. Maintaining a balanced moisture level will keep the skin healthy—drying it out will further stimulate the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss. Use a hydrating serum, rich in nourishing Omega 3,6 & 9 before applying your moisturizer.