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    Can stress cause acne?

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    Prof Samuel Zagarella

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    A/Professor Samuel Zagarella graduated with Honours from the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine in 1984. He obtained his specialist Dermatologist qualification and became Fellow … View Profile

    Acne has many triggering factors, but there is no doubt that many people have flares of acne during stressful periods in their life.
    This may be because stress can cause a temporary imbalance in your hormones which in turn can cause increased sebaceous gland activity , thereby leading to a flare in acne.

  • Maria Nguyen

    HealthShare Member

    It surely can. When I was in my first year of law school I was so stressed that my usually clean and beautiful skin got covered by acne. I even had acne on my back. Of course, I was checked by different doctorns and they could not find anything wrong with me. Then a year later it was just gone. I believe it was stress. Even now, when I get toot stressed I still get few pimples on my face.

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