Wake up. Work out. Commute. Accomplish something on that never-ending to-do list. Commute home. Make a healthy dinner. Maintain a social life. Let’s face it, life is exhausting. There is always something to be doing or working on, and that can take a toll. Kristian Henderson, DrPH, founder of the beauty e-commerce Web site BLK + GRN said:
Stress is serious. The science is getting stronger at proving that it shows up in and on your body.
Aside from the mental effects on your body, stress can also manifest itself physically. Below are some common stress-related symptoms and how we like to combat them.
How many times were you told that acne wouldn’t be a problem after you left your teenage years? Too many? Same here. Acne can be a major indicator of stress, and we’ve got some tips to help you determine whether that new spot on your face is the sign you need to slow down.
In the (T) Zone
The area of your face with the most oil glands is within your T-Zone. This makes it a prime area for stress-induced acne to appear because your body produces more oil when it is put under pressure. This is different from hormonal acne, which normally appears along your jawline. Acne from stress usually appears as whiteheads or blackheads, but if you already have some acne in your T-Zone, it can inflame it further.
How to Deal with Acne Breakouts
While the easy answer to dealing with acne breakouts would be to not be stressed anymore, that’s not a realistic solution. However, there are some things you can do to help minimize, and even help to prevent these types of breakouts.
The first step you can take is to apply a spot treatment. There are products that can be used on your entire face, but the main key here is finding something that includes benzoyl peroxide that can be placed directly on the area of concern. If you can find a spot treatment that will also soothe inflammation and redness, even better. Our favorite treatments include: