Is Stress Causing My Acne?

Is Stress Causing My Acne?

Acne is usually considered a part of adolescence, and indeed, that is when most people experience the skin condition. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), about 85% of people between 12 and 24 years of age have at least minor acne. However, acne can occur at any age, and acne in adults is increasing. 

Dr. Maki Rheaume and her staff at AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta are seeing plenty of patients who are under unusually high levels of stress in recent months. And it’s not surprising! A global pandemic and all that comes with it is certainly stressful. We offer acne treatments, and many acne patients wonder if there may be a connection between their stress and their acne. 

How acne occurs

When you have acne, you have clogged cells. Excess oil, dead skin cells, hair, and bacteria can become trapped in your pores and block them. The blockage causes irritation and sometimes infection. The result is acne. 

Not all acne is the same, of course. Mild inflammatory acne is something like a blackhead. Moderate to severe inflammatory acne consists of relatively small pimples that are sore. Severe acne includes nodules, cysts, and scarring. These are deeper in your skin and more painful than other types of acne. 

How stress may contribute 

The connection between acne and stress isn’t so straightforward that you get a pimple because you’re late to work in the morning. Instead, there’s some evidence that stress can alter some processes in your body, and that can cause any existing acne to worsen. 

Stress is related to the production of certain hormones that can affect the glands that produce oils in your skin. Inflammation is increased throughout your body when you’re under stress, and your skin’s antimicrobial defenses don’t work as well when you’re stressed. Additionally, your body simply doesn’t heal even a minor wound like a pimple as well when you’re stressed. Each of these factors alone can make existing acne worse, and collectively they can create a cascade of skin issues.

What to do about stress acne

It’s always good advice to lower your stress levels if you live with chronic stress. But, however useful that advice may be, it’s not immediately helpful for your breakout.

So, while we suggest you consider your diet, a regular exercise routine, and taking steps to alleviate stress in your life, we also offer acne treatment. We use a system called AviClear, which uses energy to target and suppress sebaceous glands and prevent them from producing too much oil. 

Additionally, we offer a variety of facials, including the hydrafacial and laser facials. Both of these treatments provide the kind of deep cleaning that prevents clogged pores and leave your skin looking and feeling fantastic. 

If you’d like to learn more about the relationship between stress and acne, and how we can help you, call or or message us at AdvancedMD Aesthetics of Atlanta in Marietta, Georgia, today. 

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