How To Say Bye-Bye To Stress Acne

So you’re about to make a big presentation at work or go on a first date with your crush, and suddenly a huge red pimple appears on your forehead, or worse, your nose… 

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What? How? Why?! Why do pimples have to always appear on important days!

I hate to break it to you, my dear, but those are stress acne (cysts included) you’ve got on your face. Yes, stress can trigger acne breakouts, and that is why you get them during important days because it’s then when you feel the most stressed.

Higher levels of the stress hormone known as cortisol cause the increase of inflammation and production of oil in the skin, which then leads to clogged pores and acne.

Researches show that stress-caused acne may take a relatively long time to heal. Because it takes longer for each pimple to disappear, your skin won’t be able to take a break as more and more acne appear.

You are not an acne factory. You know that, right? So come along, let me show you some cool tips to end your tragic story with acne and kiss the stress a final goodbye!

It’s time to stop!

You are stressed, the damage has been done, and the acne on your face is saying: “it’s free real estate!”

It’s time to do some damage control now, so here is how:

First, you need to start a skincare routine if you haven’t already. Visit your local drugstore and pick up some good acne products such as deep cleanser, moisturizer, topical gel, face masks for acne, etc. Look for these ingredients in skincare products: salicylic acid (unclogs the pores), retinol (promotes healthier skin cells), and benzoyl peroxide (anti-inflammatory and antibacterial).

Experts swear by a few acne treatments found at drugstores, such as Avène’s Cleanance Expert that works for both oily and sensitive skin, and Cetaphil PRO’s oil-absorbing moisturizer. These two control acne, reduce skin oil production, and leave your skin feeling smooth and soft.

Another plus is that Cetaphil moisturizer provides UVA and UVB protection.

Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance

Avene Cleanance EXPERT Lotion Treatment for Acne-Prone, Oily, Sensitive Skin

Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer


Cetaphil PRO Oil Absorbing Moisturizer

For the impatient ones, you may want to try acne patches as a faster acne treatment!

Give a shot to Cover Dot Acne Care, which you will also find at your local drugstore, and let them work their magic. The acne patch absorbs the fluid inside the pimple, heals it, protects it from UV radiation, and stops you from picking at it. (for the love of clear skin, stop touching your pimples!)

Cover Dot Acne Care (36 Dots)


Cover Dot Acne Care

If you’re more of a face mask person, I got your back, or in this case, mask. Check out Dr. Dennis Gross’s mask solution for oily skin, blackheads, and enlarged pores.

Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Blemish Solutions


Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Blemish Solutions Clarifying Mask

Having enlarged pores doesn’t necessarily mean that your skin is acne-prone, but if you have both enlarged pores and acne, this mask might do it for you.

Make sure to always wash your face every night using a lotion or cleanser. Follow a strict skincare routine and remove your makeup before sleep, no slacking!

Not today, pimple…

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Now that you have an idea of what to do to treat your acne, here are some tips to prevent them from coming back if your skin has suddenly improved.

  1. Limit exposure to the sun
  2. Use oil-free sunscreen
  3. Regularly and properly wash your face
  4. Avoid touching your face, you’ll get bacteria on it
  5. Never pop your pimple, it will scar
  6. Use makeup for acne-prone skin 
  7. Use antibiotics for acne only when prescribed
  8. Avoid fast food, chocolate, and dairy
  9. Don’t try untested DIYs, it might make them worse
  10. Manage your stress

The last tip brings us back to our main point: Manage stress to manage acne!

Begone stress!

It’s impossible not to get stressed when you have commitments and responsibilities, from work or studies to your family life, etc. But you need to stick to a routine that can help you relax your body and mind, and reduce acne breakout.

Yeah, you may not stop the stress forever but you can at least manage it for now, so here are some useful tips:

Try Meditation

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When you meditate, your sole focus becomes your breathing rhythm or heartbeats. Your mind becomes tranquil and you enter a state of serenity that can also help you sleep if you have sleep problems.

Try Working out

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Exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, the feel-good chemicals, that help your nervous system cope with stress. This will not only help you stay fit but also curb stress acne.

Try a hobby

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if you already have hobbies but you stopped them because of too much work, it’s time to pick them up again! Try anything, from reading or writing to painting or knitting. When you do a hobby that you enjoy, you can reach a flow state and relax as a result.

Try to manage your time

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By managing your time, you will have the opportunity to have a life! Poor time management makes you more stressed, which triggers your stress acne and deprives you of the hobbies you enjoy.

Try talking to someone

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Talking about what’s stressing you with a friend or anyone who can listen may help relieve it. It’s better than keeping your negative emotions bottled up, and inviting more acne to your face!

Try sleeping early

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Okay, you’re probably a night owl and love staying up late, even when you know that not getting enough night sleep affects your energy during the day, which leads to more stress, and then more acne. But you should get enough sleep! Phew, need I say more? 

So remember to start a skincare routine, eat healthy, manage your stress, and sleep well.  

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