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Stress Can Aggravate Your Acne Problem

It can be a vicious cycle for teenagers since acne causes stress and stress can cause acne. Our adrenal glands 

respond to emotions so if you are worried about a test, just broke up with your girlfriend or are anticipating the prom night you may be zapped by an outbreak. The adrenal glands produce cortisol. Cortisol can result in the sebaceous gland producing more sebum oil which clogs pores and then the inflammation can be a pimple. 

Try to get enough sleep so your body is rested. If you know you have an exam, pace yourself so you don't have to do an all-nighter. When you pull an all nighter you exhaust yourself and place a toll on your body. It is best to use moderation with both study and work, living with a balanced method. Exercise will also help you to adjust your hormones and glands. Certain forms of yoga additionally work on adjusting the nervous system and balancing the glandular system such as kundalini yoga. 

Stress doesn't only relate to acne but can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, eating disorders and heart disease. It is worth it to find healthy ways to release anxiety so that the body doesn't get run down or injured. Concentration and interpersonal skills also are diminished 
by stress. 

For acne, it's helpful to find a product with anti-bacterial agents that can be applied twice a day. This will help clear your skin and can dramatically improve your self-esteem if you are prone to beating yourself up about your appearance. Whether we admit it or not, most of us take a hit to our self-image when we have a pimple visible to others. Symbolically it makes us feel flawed. Remember that a lot of this is hormonal as well so don't get involved in a lot of self-criticism. Try to work on your sleep, nutrition and stress reduction habits to keep an inner balance and perspective. 

Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.


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