Home » Health

Are Acne And Stress Related?

Jul 7, 2008
Could your lifestyle be the cause of your acne? No, but the way you live does affect your entire body. Your skin is no exception. The hours you keep, your career and even what you do in your spare time can take a toll on the epidermis. This is true especially for those who are prone to acne. Here are some everyday acne triggers that you may have never thought about and how to avoid them.

The environment in which you work is always at work on your skin. You should pay attention to everything your skin comes in contact with, especially anything that may be comedogenic (a substance that clogs pores). You could be interacting with these substances and not even know it. One example is the grease that is in the air in restaurants. This grease can cause your skin to film over, clogging your pores. Besides restaurants, oils from many other products are also comedogenic, including those used for factories, cars, and bicycles.

Believe it or not, sleep is one of the best things you can do to take care of your skin. Everyone knows that a full night's sleep of eight hours or more can be miraculous for your skin. Why is sleep so good for you? It is because if you are well rested, your body has strong immunities that can fight off infection. Although a healthy immune system cannot eradicate acne entirely, it will help your pimples disappear more quickly. For this to work, it is vital that you keep your sleep schedule regular. Any eight hour time period is good for sleep, even if it is during the day. Therefore, if you end up working late, make sure you sleep late as well.

It is true that exposure to the sun can initially improve acne, the benefits are temporary. Basking in the sun consistently can dry your skin and cause your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This causes the skin to slough old cells more frequently. When this extra dead skin is mixed with the extra oil, it creates the ideal environment for comedones (blocked pores).

It is vital that one use sunscreen for protection from the sun, when one is out in the sun for prolonged periods. For this one needs to find an oil free product with a minimum SPF 15 level and also with protection from UVA and UVB rays.

Stress can lead to development of acne. "Ninety percent of my patients complain about what stress does to their skin. It has a huge impact, and it's becoming a bigger problem every day," says Katie Rodan, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Stanford University.

Emotional anxiety caused from a number of factors in your life can read like a book on your face. This is purely a chemical connection. As you tense up, your adrenal glands start working, flooding your bloodstream with the hormone, cortisol. This causes the sweat glands in your face to produce more oil. When your sebaceous glands kick into high gear, it is very likely that this excess oil will mix with dead skin cells and clog your pores, trapping bacteria inside; thus resulting in more acne, primarily inflamed papules rather than blackheads or whiteheads.

It is impossible to entirely eliminate stress from your life. It's part of being human. However, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle you can minimize the damage. A balanced diet and at least seven hours of sleep every night can help you build a stronger foundation. If you are healthy and well rested, you are less likely to be negatively affected by the stress of your daily life. Daily exercise or even just a walk can also be beneficial. Also, it is important to relax. Read a book, take a bath, practice yoga or do any activity that will make you happy and calm. This is an important step towards good health for your whole body as well as your skin.
About the Author
Effects of acne can include the acne cyst and acne rosacea. David Warple explores these and more in his articles.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 131
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources