Stress and Acne

It's important to learn how stress and acne are related. Does stress cause acne? Is there such a thing as stress acne?

There has been an ongoing debate in health circles about the relationship between acne and stress. Until recently, the medical field was divided on the issue of whether stress causes acne, but in the past couple years there have been many clinical studies which have shown that stress can make acne worse.

How are stress and acne connected?

Stress stimulates the adrenal glands to overproduce hormones, such as cortisol. Cortisol then causes the sebaceous glands produce more oil which can result in worsened acne skin.

In addition, stress has also been shown to decrease the wound healing capacity of immune systems up to 40%. This factor also contributes to worse acne skin.

HOWEVER- there are many relaxation tools and techniques you can use to decrease stress and thereby reduce the severity of stress acne.

Breathing Exercises

One of the signs of stress is rapid, shallow breathing so you need to take slow, deep breaths to calm down. Breathing exercises help focus the mind and get more oxygen into the blood stream.

When performing deep breathing exercising, try to focus on breathing from the abdomen first and then let the ribcage expand. Breath in and out slowly. This ensures that the deepest breaths are taken.

Breathing exercises are easy to do and will greatly help to calm a stressed mind.


Yoga is a six-thousand-year-old practice that combines a series of poses and breathing exercises called asanas. Yoga has been shown the increase the body's health and physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

Yoga can be credited with increasing energy and reducing blood pressure and body fat, but it is most valued for moving the body into a more relaxed and healthier state.

Yoga and stretching are extremely effective in reducing stress and thus help to decrease acne stress significantly.

You can usually find yoga classes either at a local yoga center or at your general gym.


Meditation helps improve concentration, calms the mind, and increases one's ability to copy with stress. Anyone can practice meditation, you don't need to be an expert and you don't need to do it for a very long period of time in order to feel the benefits.

There are many different techniques for meditating, so it is important to research meditation and find the one that suits you best.

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