Stress have always been associated with acne. Stress, both mental stress and physical stress can be very unhealthy and may have direct effect on acne formation.
Stress refers to the consequences of the failure of a human or animal body to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats to the organism, whether actual or imagined. Stress refers to the inability of the body to respond. Stress can be both physical and mental. Thus the body when stressed releases adrenaline as a defense mechanism. This adrenaline release further causes higher release of the male hormones which are primarily responsible for acne. Research shows that stress effects women more than it effects men with respect to acne formation. Stress also has an inflammatory response in the body which may cause damage to the acne pores and worsen the situation. This stress causes the walls of acne to erupt reddening the area and also causing the acne to break. This may lead to the further spread of the acne to surrounding areas.
Stress when managed effectively can help reduce acne formation. The main weapon to counter stress is exercise. Good exercise helps to supply more oxygen to you brain and there by helping it to manage stress more effectively. Sleep deprivation can also cause stress problems. Hence care should be taken that body gets necessary rest in the form of sleep for at lest good seven hours. Stress can be a factor in contributing to acne formation so care must be taken to manage it effectively.