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Stress acne: Symptoms & treatments
Stress acne: Symptoms & treatments


Today, stress has become a part of our daily life. This one year of COVID has increased stress levels in every household and for every individual. Stress affects a person physically and psychologically. When you are stressed, you tend to have breakouts. Acne occurs when your skin gets plugged up with oil and dead skin cells, causing a bump. This skin condition is commonly seen in teenagers but can have an effect on people of any age group. 

Breakouts can be stressful! When you have clear skin and, you suddenly notice a spot, it can be disheartening. Hence, knowing what the reason for a  breakout is, is vital to take steps for prevention. 

The main factors that lead to acne on your skin include:

  •  Excess oil
  • Bacteria
  • Inflammation
  • Blackhead and oil clogged hair follicles

And, the factors that trigger or worsen acne are:

  •  Hormonal changes
  • Diet
  • Medications 
  • Stress

Stress is the main trigger. It does not affect acne directly. But, factors that are related to stress can cause this breakout. The body releases cortisol under stress which increases the amount of oil on your skin and can lead to acne formation. 

Acne can be a combination of red bumps, pus pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. Your acne caused by stress has its way of showing up on the oily parts of the skin, including the forehead, chin, and nose. It is caused due to excess oil on the face, making it look greasy and inflamed. 

So if you start noticing multiple breakouts in these areas, it could be a sign of stress acne. People who are not acne-prone can also experience it due to stress.

Stress acne: Symptoms & treatments

To get rid of stress-caused acne, you need to reduce the levels of stress. Here are things you can follow to relieve stress:

  •  Exercise: Play a sport, dance, or walk to relieve stress and develop a positive attitude. 
  • Meditation: Meditation is a form of relaxing the mind for mental peace. So, if you are under stress, you need to turn to meditation.
  • Music therapy: Soothing music can help you relax your mind, helping you relieve stress.

Prevent stress caused acne:

  •  Regular exercise: Regular exercise increases the blood circulation levels in the body, reducing acne on the skin and giving it a radiant glow.
  • Face wash: You need to wash your face twice a day to clear impurities and dirt on your skin. It will help reduce acne and clogged pores.
  • Improved sleep routine: A good night’s sleep gives enough time for your skin to repair itself. Lack of sleep can lead to thick and dry skin that is prone to acne.
  • Limit high in sugar or carbohydrate food: High sugar and carb food can increase blood sugar levels in the body. It then produces more sebum that can lead to an increase in acne on the skin.
  • Reduce consumption of caffeine: Excess caffeine consumption can dehydrate your skin, making it susceptible to acne.
  • Dairy products: According to a review by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, dairy products like ice cream or chocolate can cause acne.

You can use over-the-counter creams too, that include benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol, and others to treat acne. Topical creams like retinoids or oral medications are prescribed that include antibiotics and retinoids if your acne increases. These conventional treatments can cause side effects like irritation, dryness, peeling, and redness on the skin. 

Homeopathy treatment for acne

On the other hand, homeopathy is known for its safe, natural, and side-effect-free homeopathy treatment for acne solutions. A case series by NCBI suggested a remission rate of more than 80% with homeopathy without any side effects. The holistic acne treatment with homeopathy can act as an effective solution for all your skin-related problems.

Why Dr Batra’s®?

As authenticated by the American Quality Assessors, we have a 94.3% success rate in treating patients with skin disorders. We at Dr Batra’s® have cured more than 10,000 cases of acne and 1.4 lakh skin patients in 35 years. Our expert homeopathic doctors devise a personalized treatment plan that best suits your skin condition.
So, get in touch with our experts today

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