Obviously around finals time, everyone we know is completely stressed out. Stress can have multiple side effects on your body & mind, but is acne one of them? If so, WHY?
After reading many articles on the topic, the answer still seems unclear. Some articles suggest that while stress doesn't directly cause acne, it could worsen existing acne; but the reason why is unclear. Another article claims to KNOW that stress causes acne, but the study done only included 94 high school students, and out of those students, only 23% were more likely to break out because of a stressful situation, like a midterm.
The article that I, personally, found most help was an article in the Huffington Post that attempts to debunk this beauty myth. Dr. Anne Chapas explains in the article that there are two types of stress: psychological stress and physical stress. Both types of stresses have been found to raise cortisol levels in the body, which is a contributing factor to acne. But what what uncertain, even to the doctor, is whether these breakouts are stress-related or are they a result of the things we do while under stress?
The doctor suggests, "When people are under psychological or physical stress, maybe they aren't eating as well, maybe they aren't getting enough sleep, maybe they're not taking their makeup off at night."
So, stress may not be directly causing the breakout that you're freaking out about, but something is. The best way to reduce the chance of breaking out (while under stress or not) is to make sure you are taking good care of your body, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, taking off your makeup before bed, and using a skin-care regimen that works for you.
happy finals. :)