Is your stressed-out student breaking out?
By Ashley Stephens · 1 minute read
School can put a lot of pressure on kids - especially high-school students focused on making friends, winning their next big game, and getting the lead in the school play, all while trying to earn excellent grades. These demands lead to stress, which can cause acne to flare.
For teens, breakouts can shatter self-esteem and destroy confidence.
Why does stress trigger acne?
Stress causes the body to release the hormone cortisol. Elevated cortisol levels can lead to increased oil production in the skin, which can clog pores and contribute to acne.
21% of Americans report missing school because of a breakout.
Survey of 2,000 Americans between the ages of 18 and 55 about how their teens' and their own confidence levels have been affected by their skin.
How can parents help their teens manage stress and their skin?
You can help your students manage stress by encouraging them to:
Eat regular, healthy meals
Find forms of exercise they enjoy
Get plenty of sleep
Meditate or journal
And you can help them manage their acne by:
Sticking to a consistent skincare routine
Reminding them to keep their hands off their faces
Showering and washing their faces after gym class and sports
Working with a dermatologist to create a personalized treatment plan for their skin.
When it comes to stress and acne, proactive management is key. Taking small steps to improve skin health and mental health can make a big difference. Please take your teen's concerns seriously. If either mental or physical health concerns continue to get worse, reach out to a qualified professional for additional help.