If you are going through a stressful time, your acne could be worse. Two things are happening in your body: your adrenal glands are being stimulated, producing more hormones, and the healing process is being impaired. You then have the double effect of worsening acne and a slower healing process, just when the body needs to be efficient in dealing with the acne attack. In fact, stress affects the body in a number of ways. It slows down its healing capabilities, increases blood pressure and upsets the digestive system. This means your body is not performing anywhere near its best. All this has a negative effect on your acne and on any other health condition you may have. It is important to find a way to reduce your stress without resorting to drugs.
Physical Activity – Stretching
Physical activity is my favourite ant-stress medicine because it has the double effect of relieving stress and making your body healthier. This does two things for your acne: removes one cause of acne and gets your blood pumping around your body. This means you skin is getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs as your blood feeds it.
You do not have to run around the block or walk for miles, although they are really good things to do. There are exercises you can do in your lounge room or bedroom. Start with stretching – there is plenty of information on the Internet to show you how. Buy a book on Yoga exercises and start with the simple ones. As you stretch, control you breathing so you find a rhythm. Concentrate on what you are doing so your mind is off whatever is causing you stress. You can do this as many times a day as you need to. Even these gentle exercises improve circulation, release tension and help heal acne.
Other Indoor Physical Activity
Walk on the spot. Move your arms and legs as if you were out walking. Keep doing this for longer and longer periods. You will be helping your mind and body deal with stress and you will start to feel better physically, which makes you feel better mentally. I often do this exercise with light hand weights for 20-30 minutes. Try it a few times a week and you will notice the difference in yourself. Of course, if you have somewhere you can swim, run, walk or cycle on a regular basis then that is a great way to get your exercise and control your stress levels.
Whatever way you choose to control stress it is essential you do find a way – it is vital for your well-being. If you are physically and mentally healthy there is a good chance your adult acne will improve and you will experience fewer outbreaks.