5 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? Research supports the adverse impact of stress on skin and complexion.
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. Below you'll find 5 simple strategies for a clear, stress-free complexion.
1Immediate Action Required!
The sooner you treat a pimple, 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.
2Your secret weapon: Exfoliate!
Our skin constantly sheds dead cells. Though rather than falling off, many of these dead cells stick to the skin, clogging pores and hair follicles. This cell debris coupled with the stress hormone (cortisol) causes the skin to produce excess oils—which leads to blackheads and blemishes. While face washes are good at removing oil and surface dirt, they lack the grit necessary to remove dead cell debris and dirt clogged in pores.
Exfoliating will help remove the dead cells and decongest your pores, minimizing breakouts and aiding in the skin renewal process.
3Avoid the “Skin Diet”
Many people mistakenly believe that avoiding the moisturizer or using oil free products will prevent oily skin and clear breakouts. Not so! While 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.
4Boost Good Bacteria
The America Academy of Dermatology has reported that skin prone to acne has shown improvement with daily probiotic use, [giving dermatologists reason to consider supplementing traditional acne therapy with a dose of this beneficial bacteria.] Stress causes toxins to be released into the bloodstream, causing inflammation throughout the body.
People who are predisposed to acne can experience breakouts as a result of this shift in gut bacteria and subsequent inflammation. The recommendation is to introduce healthy bacteria to the gut in the form of probiotics. The probiotics will line the gut and create a healthy, sealed barrier that prevents inflammation that can trigger acne or rosacea.
5Skin Health Diet
We all know the importance of a well balanced diet. What many people don't realize is it's effects on complexion. A diet which includes intake of dark leafy greens, squash or tropical fruits (Kiwi, mango) are rich in vitamin A, E, C which is essential to good skin. Avoiding processed foods will also allow your system to better purge inflammation causing toxins.