Myth: Can Stress Cause Acne?
Acne is caused by many factors. Stress is in fact one of them. Stress influences the body and skin, causing it to react in negative ways. You could develop acne, eczema, hives, rosacea, psoriasis, alopecia, vitiligo and more. if you already have acne, stress can make it worse and delay healing time, so it’s important to try and manage your stress levels to keep your body and skin healthy. To help reduce stress, you can do a number of activities that are proven to help. Yoga, meditation, regular exercise, a healthy diet, a good night’s rest, deep breathing exercises and simply knowing that whatever you’re stressed about is not that important in the long-run, can help manage your stress levels.
For skincare, it’s important to use the right products to work with blemished skin and prevent future breakouts. Dr Lancer recommends the products below to keep skin healthy:
- The Method: Oily-Congested Set – A skincare routine for congested and oily skin. If you’re experiencing frequent breakouts, this specific set of Polish, Cleanse & Nourish will treat the skin while providing anti-aging benefits. Step #1 – Polish includes Quartz Crystals, Pumpkin Enzyme, Pomegranate Enzyme and Salicylic Acid, an ingredient known to reduce skin congestion. Cleanse, our step #2, also contains Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, which helps combat oiliness and soothe skin and Lilac Stem Cell Compound, powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents. Step #3 – Nourish contains a similar ingredients list plus Hyaluronic Acid for hydration benefits. Together, these products treat acne prone skin, giving you a healthy, clearer complexion if used consistently.
- Clarifying Detox Mask with Green Tea & 3% Sulfur – A green clay mask for oily, acne-prone skin. The mask contains 3% Sulfur, a powerful ingredient that clears up blemishes as it decongests your skin. Green Tea and Green Clay reduce redness around breakouts while absorbing oils and removing skin impurities. To use, simply apply a thin layer to clean skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. It’s recommended that you use the mask once a week and then you can gradually increase treatment to twice or three times a week if needed.
There’s one additional product that Dr. Lancer recommends to treat skin that appears particularly stressed.
- Caviar Lime Acid Peel – is a powerful peel that treats dull, stressed skin. It contains Caviar Lime Extract, 10% Glycolic Acid, 10% Phytic Acid, Papaya and Pineapple Enzymes and Retinol. The ingredients help resurface and remove surface cells, as it evens and brightens skin tone while reducing pore size. It’s also known to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a smoother, more youthful complexion. To use, apply a generous amount to clean skin, avoiding the lips and eye area. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse. It’s recommended that you use the peel one to two times a week to see the best results.