Acne is normally caused by an excessive buildup of oils, dead skin cells, and other types of debris on the face. It can also be caused by hormonal imbalances in the body. In teenagers, both of these factors play a role in acne breakouts and their severity. High levels of stress may not cause an acne outbreak, but it can irritate it. Stress can depress the immune system. When bacteria appear on the surface of the skin along with the oils and dead skin cells, the resulting acne may be quite severe. Adults who have acne on their back or chest may be experiencing hormone fluctuations or an increase in the oils produced in the skin.
Stress affects the body in a variety of ways and can have a dramatic effect on acne outbreaks. Stress depletes many nutrients in the body, especially the ones that help to keep the skin healthy. High levels of stress can also affect hormone production, especially in adolescent boys and girls. The natural fluctuations in hormone levels in addition to those added by stress can cause acne outbreaks to worsen in severity. Stress also depresses the immune system, making it harder to fight off most types of infection. Individuals of all ages who experience acne outbreaks on a regular basis can reduce their severity by working to eliminate or reduce their stress levels.
Acne is treated in many ways. Closely monitoring the diet to provide the right nutrients for good skin health is one way to help control acne. Practicing good hygiene and washing the face with a mild cleanser twice a day is also extremely important. Using a mild cleanser cleans the face without stripping away the body's natural oils. Topical creams and ointments may be used to reduce the amount of oils produced by the skin and help to control the number of bacteria found on the skin's surface. Doctors have also found that lasers and the use of light therapy can also reduce the risk and severity of potential acne outbreaks.
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