Can stress cause acne?

Yes, absolutely. Stress is one of the most common triggers of acne and is part of the reason we are seeing more and more adults with breakouts and acne. The pervasive and constant stress of everyday life; the pressure to be everywhere at once, to answer that last email, to return that last phone call – Dr. Murad calls this Cultural Stress and it wreaks havoc on delicate skin.

Androgens are a hormone that the body produces when it is under stress, it is shown to stimulate the oil glands in our pores that cause the breakouts; this is what is causing stress-related acne.

“I see a lot of my patients suffering from Cultural Stress and I have to remind them that they are the most important people in their lives because when they are not at their best, they cannot help those around them.” Dr. Murad

Take a quick walk around the office to remove yourself from a stressful situation, meditate in the morning, exercise and even treat yourself to a spa day. These are all things that will help you to return to a healthy state of mind to manage your stress effectively. And as I always say, “be imperfect – live longer!”

Doctor Murad

 Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Read more about Dr. Murad.




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