“Does stress cause acne?”
This is one question I get asked a lot.
This question is very difficult to answer with a straight yes or no answer. I can’t say yes, because I know that being stressed directly can’t cause acne. I also can’t say no as I know that if you do have acne, stress is not really helping your skin. Being stressed is not good for your skin, whether you have acne or not.
First, though, think about it. If stress caused acne, most people living today would have acne. We know for a fact that it is not the case. We have people who are under a lot of stress who have skin that is amazing.
So what do people mean when they ask “Does stress cause acne?” Such a question is often asked by someone who already has acne and they are trying to find the cause of their acne. They feel that if the answer is a simple yes, they can somehow try and reduce their stress and that will make their skin clear up. In a way that makes sense. Remove the offending factor, in this case, stress, and your problem, in this case, acne, goes away.