ASK A DERMA: How stress stirs up zits | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

You’re not going mad. The stress over our current crisis isn’t just taking a toll on your mental health. It’s also why you have unwanted visitors to your face. Pimples never observe social distancing.

Almost two months after enjoying virtually-pimple-free skin thanks to two sessions of Remedy’s Hollywood Laser Facial long before the lockdown, I noticed zits started sprouting. I had some on my chin and three on the lower part of my cheeks.

I buzzed up Remedy immediately to avail of their online consultation service. If you’re new to Remedy, just send them a direct message to schedule an appointment or to learn more about what they can offer you.

Dr. April Geraldez-Rivera of Remedy confirms that stress, which is at an all-time high even if you’re safe at home, is causing a hormonal imbalance. Cortisol, the hormone responsible for your brain’s alarm system, is over-active these days. Pair that with the hormonal see-saw, your oil production increases and you’re more prone to inflammation. Not to mention you’ve got another hormone, adrenaline, that keeps you up until early morning, making it all the more perfect for a to pimple manifest.

If you’re acne-prone, you’ll likely see more zits than usual. The lucky ones who have good skin might also be surprised by a zit or two.

I asked if there’s a way around it. Dr. April says you need to learn how to avoid exacerbating the stress. Otherwise, you’re regimen, no matter how expertly-prescribed or formulated, can only go so far.

Minimize your stress with small adjustments. Limit social media consumption to certain hours of the day. Be discerning of your news updates. You don’t need to know every single news item about COVID-19, and it’s impossible to do so. Stick to the essential data. Switch off your screens an hour before bedtime.

Take it a step further with breathing exercises, meditation, or some beginner’s yoga. I always concentrate on a task that doesn’t involve a gadget such as decluttering.

Don’t give up hope, though, if you’re struggling with stress management. Take it a step at a time. Don’t let it dishearten you from keeping a disciplined skincare regimen.

In my case, Dr. April reminded me of the value of sunblock, even if we’re mostly indoors. I also apply only the necessary products to my face. Acne-prone skin responds to a “less is more” philosophy. I’ve skipped out on moisturizers, serums, and facial oils.

Oh, and be strict about using your mask. Use it only when necessary. If you have sensitive skin like me, the contact of the mask to the skin triggers spots. Bummer!

But since masks are indispensable, always wash your face with a gentle cleanser when you get home from your grocery run.


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