Stress Acne? 7 Tips to Avoid Spring Break “outs”

If you have acne, the results of an increase in stress hormones from COVID-19, made even worse by wearing a mask every day and by Spring’s warmer weather, may be popping up all over your face.

Stress triggers an increase in the release of the stress hormone cortisol. As cortisol levels increase, other hormones responsible for regulating sebum balance may become disrupted. Sebum is the oily, waxy substance produced by your body that moisturizes, and protects your skin. More oil production means more clogged pores, and more clogged pores mean more breakouts.

And that’s not good news if you’re heading to the beach, the slopes, or planning a road-trip for Spring Break.

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If you’re experiencing stress acne, your first stop should be to your Advanced Dermatology professional who can help you learn about the latest treatment options - including deep-cleansing facials, acne skincare products, and prescription-strength medications.

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Dermatologist's Tips to Reduce Stress Acne Breakouts

Preventing stress acne is like saying, 'Let's stop life from happening,' but there are ways you can reduce the impact stress has on your skin…and your confidence.

  1. Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen is Spring Break’s Must Wear

You know UV rays can cause sun damage, but did you also know they can make your skin more sensitive to breakouts? Enjoy the sun, but make sure you're protected.

  1. Rinse Your Face Often

The warmer out it gets, the more you sweat. While cleansing too often can dry your skin, be sure to rinse after exercise or being out in the heat.

  1. Exfoliate

Spring clean your pores by exfoliating every week to get rid of build-up and dead skin.

  1. Use Your Acne Cleansers

Your cleanser may have dried your skin during the winter, but as it warms up, add it back in at least a few times a week. Consider using convenient moist towelettes – especially if you’re prone to back acne.

  1. Use a Light Moisturizer

If you don’t moisturize, your sebaceous glands produce more oil to compensate. As Spring and Summer approach, avoid this rebound acne by switching to a light moisturizer without oils or heavy creams.

  1. Keep Hair Away from Your Face While You Exercise

A sweat-absorbing headband can help keep hair products and oils that occur naturally in your scalp from transferring to your face, shoulders and back.

  1. Wash Your Masks and Pillowcases

Spring cleaning is important. Bacteria can build up on cloth surfaces, so you want to wash them often. You’ll be coming into contact with more germs when you travel, so keep your hands away from your face.

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