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Stress can trigger onset of acne

Stress can trigger onset of acne

It is not difficult to find people over 25 years of age, especially women, complaining of the appearance of pimples even without having had them during adolescence. An estimate made by the Brazilian Society of Dermatology pointed out that the cause of skin problems in each of three patients is emotional - such as stress, anxiety and depression. "

" Stress, when it is very intense, increases the production of cortisol and stimulates the androgenic hormones, which in turn trigger the sebaceous gland even more, "explains dermatologist Denise Steiner. According to the specialist, acne is associated with stress between 3 and 5% of cases.

A study conducted by the Free University of Berlin, Germany, showed that a a hormone (corticotropin releaser, or CRH) associated with stress, which affects the release of oils into the skin, may be a potential cause of skin problems.

According to the study, in addition to being produced by the central nervous system, CRH is also made by the sebaceous glands of the skin.

Denise states that the hormone involved in the production of acne through the stimulation of the sebaceous glands is androgen, which is male. "As a woman has little male hormone, any change can stimulate the gland and cause acne," he says.

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The expert stresses that acne in adulthood beyond being potentiated by stress, may appear in women with polycystic ovary or with hormonal changes.

According to Denise, there are no differences between the pimples caused by various factors.

Take care of your skin

Here are some basic precautions to get rid of or reduce the intensity of acne:

- Wash the skin gently and without exaggeration, twice a day, with neutral soap. Rubbing the skin does not prevent acne and may make the problem worse;

Avoid touching your skin. Squeezing a spine may appear to have temporarily disappeared, however, removing it may make it stay longer, causing swelling, irritation and red or brown scars
- Prevent the sun. Many acne medications can cause burns in some people. Staying in the sun for a long time can cause wrinkles and increase the risk of skin cancer.

- Wash your hair regularly, especially if the wires are oily.


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