Skin Matters

5 Tricks To Stop Stress-Induced Pimples

Here’s how you can stop it from wreaking havoc on your skin!

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Do you ever notice that whenever you’re under a lot of pressure—from work or school—your skin just seems to be in the worst condition? Don’t worry, it’s not just you. 

When you deal with a lot of stress, your hormone levels change and one of the ways your body responds is by pumping out more oil to your skin. Most of the time, this can lead to clogged pores, and eventually, nasty breakouts. 

 

So what do you do to make sure your skin stays in top shape even when your stress levels are sky high? You take action. Here are five tricks you can try: 

1. Do something, quick! 

The moment you start a pimple forming, treat it, stat! Reach for a trusty pimple gel that contains salicylic acid to kill the blemish-forming bacteria before they multiply. Another trick you can do is to apply ice on the area to lessen inflammation. The sooner you take action, the better. 

 

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2. Wash religiously. 

You may think that skipping a night (or two!) of cleansing won’t hurt, but here’s what you don’t see: the pimple-causing dirt and oil are accumulating underneath your skin. Wash away oil and dirt by twice a day with a gentle daily facial wash that contains ingredients like salicylic acid, herbal clay, and brightening essence to get rid of pore-clogging dead skin cells.

3. Don’t stress-eat.

When you’re super stressed, it’s so easy to binge on anything sweet, deep-fried, or both! However, as comforting as these foods are for your taste buds, they do nothing good for your skin. Excess sugar and oil in your body can inflame your skin, and you guessed it—that can lead to break outs, too! Ditch the junk food and eat leafy greens and fruits instead. Snack on apples, mangoes, and other tropical fruits. 

4. Remember to breathe! 

Even when you’re on the brink of going insane for the amount of stress that you’re in, take some time to relax and slow down. Take breaks in between working to keep your balance. Another way you can relax and lower your stress levels? Meditate. 

5. Schedule other activities 

Give yourself a good distraction. Go out and take a walk to get your mind off things. See a movie by yourself, read a light book, or get your nails done—do something completely unrelated to what’s causing your stress to lower your chances of getting stress-induced breakouts. 

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