Stress and Acne

Acute stress  is also referred to as the fight-flight response. It is a healthy feedback mechanism which helps your body respond to threatening situations. However, overstimulation has many detrimental effects on health, including its role in the development and exacerbation of acne.

Stress stimulates many healthy hormonal responses, however, acute stress results in the overproduction of androgens and many stress hormones such as adrenalin, corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), and cortisol.  Androgens and CRH upregulate seborrhea (excessive discharge of sebum) and hyperkeratinisation (excessive development of epidermis cells) which are two primary exacerbating features in the development of acne. (This is discussed in more detail on page: features of acne


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