Managing Stress Acne

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I am amongst the lucky bunch that only suffers from acne once in a blue moon. Usually my acne stems from stress and other hormonal imbalances and often appears on my chin. Since I have sensitive skin, I normally opt for a natural cleanser, like this one from Lush. However, when I'm battling acne my go to product is Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Stress Control . Though stress doesn't directly cause acne, it does cause excess oil, which does lay the foundation for the development of acne-- I know, we're thinking the same thing; it sure does sound like stress causes acne, right? But hey, what do I know? I'm no dermatologist.  Since excess oil tends to be the leading factor here, an oil-free face scrub is a must. If I feel that the scrub is causing my face to be too dry (usually happens after a few days of using the scrub) I lather up my S-zone with this facial moisturizer

As if stress isn't enough to handle on it's own, it comes with excess baggage, like acne and loss of sleep. With  lack of sleep comes dark circles, and who wants those?--especially when your stressed, am I right? For battling dark circles, I use my All About Eyes eye cream by Clinique. I tend to use this regularly, but especially and more religiously when I am losing sleep and stressed out. I've tried other eye creams, but this one is definitely my favorite. I know a lot of people worry about applying make-up after an eye cream, because they're worried about creasing, but  I have yet to experience any issue with applying make-up after using this specific one. 

Not sure about you, but I am one hundred percent guilty for not wanting to cook when I am stressed out. If I am really having a hard time managing my stress, I'll just say screw it and go get take out. Sometimes healthy, other times and more often it's food from our favorite taco Shop. It's so bad. Especially, because I know better; oily and greasy foods are the last thing you want to eat when you're suffering from a break out. Instead, you should be nothing like me and opt for whole foods. Providing your body with the proper nutrients is not only vital for managing your skin and stress, but also benefits your overall health. Our bodies can get stressed out just like our minds, and sometimes all that is needed to help ease your body's stress is a well balanced and nutritious meal--oh, and don't forget lots of water. 

Life has been more stressful than usual the past few months, but I don't plan on letting it get the best of me. I have shit I need to do, and it will be the death of me if it doesn't get done. At least that's the attitude I've been working with lately. 

Let me know how you battle stress and all of its glory (total sarcasm) in the comments below. 

xoxo ,

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