The Lowdown on Stress Acne, Plus 9 Hero Products to Try

What’s the 411? And what do Cherie ladies need to do to stop this stressful (pun intended) bump from resurfacing on our skin?
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Feb. 19, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Stress is a frustrating part of our lives - it’s painful, it’s unnecessary, but it’s here to stay so we have to make peace with it. What we can’t make peace of, however, is the acne that it tags along when it pays nerve-wracking visits during exams, right before a major client presentation, or when meeting our SO’s mom for the first time. Everyone - and trust us when we say that we’re not buzzed to say this - has experienced acne at least one point in their lives. But don’t fret ‘cause help is on its way! Here at Cherie, we’re obsessed with giving you insider info and tips on how to combat skin conditions. But before we arrive at a solution on how to stop this madness, we need to get to the root of the problem first. What in the world is stress acne, what causes it, can we prevent it, and if it comes to us, what could we do? The lowdown on stress acneAcne has traditionally been linked to excess oil being produced by our skin, that time of the month, our regular diet and lifestyle, and inflammation. However, little did we know that there are more factors contributing to this skin condition. Experts have spoken up. A study on the relationship between stress and acne was conducted way back in 2003, but it has since been followed by a handful more. Now, the connection between these two has been established by specialists. Dr. Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology at George Washington University has pointed out that “a hormone that causes stress called CRH, or corticotropin-releasing hormone, attaches to the skin’s sebaceous gland, and that action causes inflammation to happen, and acne to surface.” During stressful times, a part of our brain releases these stress hormones, and prompts our oil glands to produce more oil, therefore causing flare-ups. Unlike hormonal acne, stress acne doesn’t appear in the same area every time it resurfaces. The oiliest parts of your face are its favorite spots. And the bad news is it’s often being accompanied by blackheads, whiteheads, and rough, inflamed skin. Why stress?Stress acne is provoked by, well, stress. But it goes well deeper than that. A study conducted in 2017 entitled Emerging Issues in Adult Female Acne has presented us with the results of a research with dermatologist-validated questionnaires to 3,305 women in France between the ages of 25 to 40. They’ve found out that “stress was listed as a precipitating factor for acne in half of the women surveyed”. What can and should we do to prevent it from reappearing? Stress can be prevented through a number of ways such as meditation, practicing yoga and breathing exercises, and having a balanced lifestyle. If you’re not aware of what’s giving you stress, keep a journal and note down the events in your life that make you stressed out. Once you’re aware of the causes, make a note of how you can take control of them. If deadlines are stressing you out, try to work your schedule out so you’ll be able to take small steps and finish a project on time. If public speaking and presentation gives you anxiety but you have to do it anyway, ask a friend if you can rehearse in front of him or her so you’ll be ready and feel more confident in front of other people. Another area that we can control is our skincare regimen ‘cause after all, it is a skin condition. So here at Cherie, we tackle this issue just like any other skin issue- with tried-and-tested products that are being raved by experts and beauty fans time and time again. AM cleanserA clean skin is the first step to achieving a clear skin. We love Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser because not only is it vegan but it has a milk-like consistency that feels so soft on the skin. It cleans enough but doesn’t leave our skin squeaky and dry.TonerSalicylic acid is a hero ingredient for battling out acne but look for those products with a small concentration to prevent further damage in our skin. Try Glytone Acne Cleansing Toner with 2% salicylic acid that keeps sebum, blackheads, and whiteheads at bay. If you have sensitive skin, Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion combats redness, pigmentation, and inflammation while staying kind to your skin.MoisturizerGel-type is the oily skin’s best friend when it comes to moisturizer. It leaves the skin plump while preventing it from becoming even oilier. A cult favorite is Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel that’s vegan, oil-free, and hydrating all at the same time. Win win! SunscreenDon’t nix the SPF even if the sun appears to be a tad shy in the morning. You don’t want those harmful rays to penetrate your skin and age it earlier than you would allow it to. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 is one of the Cherie girl’s best weapons against the sun. Its lightweight and sheer formula is a favorite among celebrities, beauty editors, and Instagram beauty content creators. PM cleanserDuring nighttime, your skincare routine can be a bit more sophisticated. Depending on how much time you’ve got on your hands, we recommend doing a double cleanse to make sure no trace of makeup, dirt, and pollution lingers on your skin before dozing off. Coupled that with a good spot treatment, and you’re off to getting a clearer skin. We love starting off with a gentle makeup remover like Bioderma Sensibio H20. This French pharmacy cult product is a fave of runway makeup artists and beauty experts all around the globe. It’s strong enough to take off even the strongest waterproof mascara and kohl eyeliner, but gentle enough on our skin. After getting rid of makeup, wash your face with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin, which contains 2% salicylic acid that gently exfoliates our stress-acne-prone skin.The extrasA treatment gel like no other. This is how we’d like to describe Differin Acne Treatment Gel. It’s an OG product for stress acne- and acne of all types, for that matter. Dermatologists can’t recommend this product enough. Every woman who had her fair share of acne battles has heard about Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. We’d like to call it the LBD of the acne world. It has made its mark on the beauty department as it has the power to dry out zits overnight. Talk about efficiency! Stress is an uninvited part of our lives that, honestly, we shouldn’t be stressing about. Now that we know that it’s an underlying factor of acne - a fact that has been backed up by scientific research and medical studies - we should be aware of the stress - causing factors in our life, and learn how to deal with them. Dermatologists and aestheticians can’t stress enough on the importance of keeping our skin clean and healthy. Know the best acne-fighting ingredients to look for, find products that work for you, and keep a routine that you can actually maintain. Here’s to getting to skin-clear days!
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