The holiday season is one of the most stressful times of the year, and this greatly affects a person’s health and wellbeing. Many report failing to get sufficient sleep or exercise and have an increased amount of work-related stress. This affects not just the internal health of a person, but their skin as well. Acne breakouts and flare ups are common during this time, but there are several steps you can take to avoid it.

Your Skin’s Relationship With Stress

Those who have skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis and eczema are already familiar with how stress can trigger sudden flare-ups. But even those who don’t have these skin issues can suffer from the effects of stress on their skin’s health.

When a person feels stressed, his or her body releases a hormone called cortisol into their bloodstream. This leads to an increase in the production of oil, which then causes a variety of effects suh as oily skin, rashes or acne. Stress can also have a negative effect on the skin’s barrier, causing water loss (dehydration) and a decreased in the skin’s ability to repair itself. Aside from these negative effects, stress can also cause hair loss and brittle nails.

Tips To Survive Stress-Related Acne Breakouts

Coping techniques such as meditation, exercise and mindfulness are all proven ways to reduce stress levels. A great addition to these techniques is to increase focus on skin care methods that help reduce the risk and appearance of acne:

  • Wear sunscreen. Despite the cold weather, sun exposure is still very dangerous and wearing sunscreen can prevent flare-ups and reduce signs of aging.
  • Don’t take hot showers. Hot water strips your skin of needed moisture and leaves it dehydrated and open to acne. Using lukewarm water and following up with toner and deep moisturizer, such as Alo-Verix, immediately helps to restore the skin’s moisture.
  • Get the proper amount of sleep and eat a healthy diet. The body is most efficient at repairing itself during sleep. The adage, “You are what you eat,” is also very evident in the appearance of a person’s skin. Do your best to continue healthy eating habits during the holidays by choosing leafy vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
  • Use proven skin care products to clear up acne. Sometimes breakouts can’t be avoided. Once it’s there, resist the urge to try products that aren’t backed by scientific studies or products that may contain harmful ingredients. A one-step treatment like Repiderm contains powerful Benzoyl Peroxide, as well as a mixture of essential oils and herbal ingredients, that have been proven to fight acne-causing bacteriawhile preventing future flare-ups.