Let's get real with anxiety acne
Hey everyone, welcome back to Shades of Tay - blog style!
If you read my recent post about my diagnosis you know that I struggle with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), the more I've been focusing on being in tune with myself and keeping myself healthy I've really started to realize the physical ways I feel my anxiety. One of the more difficult physical symptoms I've been battling in the last few months is acne or breakouts due to my anxiety.
I've always been that girl with the perfect skin, not to gloat in anyway - I know skin issues are a big thing for many people and I want to be sensitive to that. However, that was just never the case for me - I hardly ever wore face makeup until I graduated college to be honest, I was always barefaced with a little eye makeup.
Last year when my anxiety really began to evolve is when I started to notice my skin breaking out a lot - I would blame it on too much sugar, time of the month, sweat, not taking care of my skin, etc. fast forward to now I'm taking the best care of my skin I ever have and I'm still breaking out - SO WHY? Now obviously I am no esthetician or dermatologist but it is true, anxious behavior can contribute to acne problems. I started to research more about how anxiety can cause breakouts and there were three reasons that really stuck out to me:
"Stress causes an inflammatory response in the body, which can cause the walls of pores to break." All of my recent breakouts have been in my cheek area where I have bigger pores.
"Anxious personalities are more likely to ‘pick’ at their blemishes when overly anxious and stressed." When you know you have spots all over your face, it is so difficult to leave them alone and not touch/pick/scratch, etc. for some people picking at their skin can be a bad habit.
"Getting too little of sleep, doesn't give the skin cells enough time to restore themselves." This one is huge for me, some nights I fall asleep within seconds but a lot of nights I lay awake restless, playing the what if game about everything possible.
On weeks that I have a lot going on whether it be at work or outside of work is when my skin seems like flare up most. For example two weeks ago I was away from home all weekend - not sleeping in my own bed and then all week my skin was incredibly irritated. Causing me to break out so badly, sometimes it is worse than others. Last week I went on vacation and with a mix of sun & relaxation my skin is completely clear right now.
The skin battles I've been having lately have definitely effected me more than you would think. Skin issues may not seem important to one that's never battled them - I was very naive to how awful it is to be suffering with uncontrollable breakouts.
My biggest pieces of advice for dealing with this would be: stick to your routine, visit a dermatologist (if able) to figure out whether you are using the correct products for YOUR skin, have a morning and night skincare regime, double cleanse (take off your makeup and use a cleanser after that), drink a lot of water and try your best to get a good nights rest - your skin repairs itself overnight.
If you have any suggestions or products that you really believe in please leave a comment down below and I'll give it a go!