The Acne Stress-Connection

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You may already know stress contributes to acne, but do you know how? Stress induces inflammation throughout your entire body, from the inside out, triggering those unwanted breakouts—and it all begins in your gut.

Inner Turmoil

Stress negatively impacts the balance of flora (bacteria) in your stomach and produces enzymes that kill positive, healthy bacteria. This bacterial imbalance provokes inflammation, one of the leading causes of acne. Although acne is a skin condition often associated with teenagers, due to high levels of stress, it is becoming increasingly common in adults who may never have experienced problematic skin in their adolescence.

Just as stress impacts the balance of bacteria in your body, it also affects your body’s balance of hormones. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when we’re stressed, our bodies produce a type of hormone called androgens. Androgens trigger the oil glands, which, when under pressure, overproduce sebum (oil) to protect the skin. As a result, your skin might suffer from both stress-induced inflammation and clogged pores from an excess amount of oil.

Get To The Root

While traditional (topical) treatments effectively address external breakouts, they don’t treat the source of the problem—stress. A spot treatment may help clear your current acne temporarily, but new blemishes are likely to form in the future. Rather than solely focusing on the external, try a more complete approach to concentrate on the internal issue as well.

Implement an oral probiotic into your daily diet to help regulate the bacteria in your gut. A probiotic will restores the good bacteria, helping to balance the excess stress-induced bad bacteria.

Seek Balance

Though stress is inevitable, there are practical ways to help clear skin and prevent future breakouts for a healthy complexion.

Unlike other acne skincare lines, MD Complete offers a unique alternative that targets the root of acne: the 3-Step Acne Clearing System.

It’s important to implement lifestyle changes that may help moderate your levels of stress. Get plenty of sleep, maintain a diet filled with fresh foods and antioxidants, and don't forget to exercise. Additionally, try engaging in a relaxing activity. Stress is individualized, so treat yourself to something that makes you feel good.