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Stress and acne: 5 Ways to reduce stress and fix acne

November 5, 2014 by Works with Water
Meditating to reduce stress

In today’s fast paced, hyper-connected, always-on world it’s very easy to feel stressed. We all know that stress can bring on bad headaches and leave you feeling sad and anxious. But did you also know many experts believe there’s a direct link between stress and acne?

Does stress cause acne?

Yes, it’s true that stress can cause acne. Not only does stress wreak havoc on your mental wellbeing, but it can highly increase your chance of developing acne and experiencing breakouts, too.

Why does stress cause acne?

Well, when you’re feeling stressed your body goes into panic mode and produces lots of cortisol.

In small doses, cortisol helps us deal with stressful situations, but if your body makes too much and you’re stressed and on-edge for too long, this cortisol can increase inflammation.

This leads to sore-looking skin, and could also send your oil glands into overdrive, making acne-casing bacteria thrive, and giving you a stress breakout.

Stress also has a big impact on your quality of sleep, and as we learned last week, sleep has a huge impact on your skin health.

Don’t worry; stress and acne can be avoided with some simple tips which you can apply each day.

How to get rid of stress acne

We’ve collected together our top five ways to manage your stress levels for better skin.

Try meditation and breathing techniques

Meditation doesn’t have to be a complicated practice that only Buddhist monks can master!

Instead, you can learn the basics of meditation by simply controlling your breathing and focusing on one point, on one mantra or one thought for a few minutes until you calm down your breath. There are some great apps out there to help you along the way, like Headspace or Buddhify.

The trick to meditation is not to stop thoughts from entering your mind, but to let them come and go with ease and not beating yourself up about them. It’s the ultimate in ‘me’ time!

Hack your morning and evening routines

When you wake up you’re often focused on what’s happening during the day, and at night you’re just focused on getting some sleep – or all of the meetings and commitments you have to rush up for in the morning!

Instead, turn your morning and evening routines into efficient, relaxed and loving practices. We recommend always getting a good, nutritious meal, practicing meditation and enforcing a mobile phone ban!

Eat foods to keep you energised and happy

A few weeks ago we learned that your diet has a huge impact on your skin health, but it can also affect your mood and stress levels too.

Aim to eat a lot of leafy greens, fruit and good fats throughout the day. Cut down on caffeine and instant sugar hits, as they’ll give you an energy spike followed by an energy lull, which often makes people feel panicked and stressed.

Set gadget and social media boundaries

One of the main reasons we tend to get stressed nowadays is the fact we’re always switched-on. There’s a lot of pressure to reply to emails at midnight and check Facebook when you first wake up.

Try using your phone’s ‘do not disturb’ mode to switch off notifications outside of work hours. It helps to go cold turkey at certain times of the day and focuson a good book or exercise instead of constant checking of endless emails and social messages.

Schedule exercise into your day

Exercise can reduce cortisol levels and increase the levels of endorphins and happy hormones in your body. To make sure you stick to your exercise routine, schedule in short, achievable blasts of exercise rather than pushing yourself too hard. You’re much more likely to make long-lasting changes and turn fitness into a fun habit!

 

For additional support or information about stress visit the Counselling Directory

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