Can’t explain the sudden appearance of a pimple before a big day? The little bugger could be caused by stress hormones — and you might not even know about it. Stress breakouts are different from all other breakouts in the sense that they don’t need conventional methods of treatment like other breakouts. Here’s how to tell if your recent acne flare-up is because of stress.
 

What causes stress acne?

What causes stress acne?

As the name suggests, stress breakouts are caused by a rise in stress hormones. The rise in cortisol levels messes with your oil glands, causing acne flare-ups.

To elaborate, rising levels in cortisol results in your body responding in various ways. Your digestive system might be suppressed and sebum balance is disturbed in the skin.

This, in turn, leads to clogging of pores and development of acne. This is why they are sometimes confused with hormonal acne, which is also caused by a disruption in your body’s day-to-day functioning.

 

Where does stress acne show up on your face?

Where does stress acne show up on your face?

Stress acne, like hormonal acne, can be easily spotted as they occur at the same place repeatedly. You might spot a few pimples along the jawline due to rise in androgen levels before getting a period. With stress acne, it happens in the oiliest areas of your face.

Accompanied by the appearance of enlarged pores, greasiness, blackheads, whiteheads, and uneven or grainy skin; stress acne can wreak havoc on your T-zone. The usual pimple here or there won't show up with these additional issues. Stress acne can also cause redness and itchiness on your oily t-zone.

 

How to deal with stress acne?

How to deal with stress acne?

So, how exactly do you deal with stress acne? The trick is to tackle it step-by-step. Topical treatments like salicylic acid can neutralise excessive oil production and kill acne-causing bacteria. If it’s something deeper, like a stress cyst, you can treat it with a hot or cold compress. Just hold it on the spot for a couple of minutes and repeat till the size is reduced.

If stress acne shows up on regular intervals on your face, update your skincare routine to fight it. Look for products that irritate your skin the least - for instance, chemical exfoliators. Pay extra attention to your t-zone and use a mattifying product like the Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner to combat excess oil. Drink lots of water, watch your diet and manage your stress levels with exercise and medication. A good night’s sleep can also be the answer to many of your skin issues!