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stress-induced acne: myth or reality?

The school year has arrived! It’s so exciting to reunite with friends, buy new school supplies, and get involved in clubs. At the same time, starting classes can contribute to quite a bit of stress. The transition from “summer mode” to “grind mode” does not come without challenges.

This brings up the question: does stress cause breakouts? Although commonly viewed as a myth, recent studies have found that stress and acne are actually linked. When we’re stressed, we secrete corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH). CRH can cause our sebaceous glands to increase oil production, leading to oilier skin and ultimately increasing the likelihood for pimples to form.

Stress can also indirectly trigger breakouts from poor body-upkeep. Under stressful circumstances, we tend to eat unhealthy foods, sleep less, and become lazy with our skincare routine. We’re all human, but these factors work together to create not-so-amazing conditions for your skin.

So what can you do to avoid unwanted pimples? You can confront the root of the problem, stress, by setting aside time for yourself; take a study break! Watch your favorite TV show, go for a walk, meditate, or do whatever it is that you enjoy. While you may be very busy, don’t forget to take care of your skin. Check out our step-by-step guide to learn how you can develop a healthy skincare routine. With these tips, we’re confident that you + your skin will THRIVE this semester!

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