The Acne-Stress Connection


You may already know stress contributes to acne, but do you know how? Stress induces inflammation throughout your entire body, from the inside out, triggering those unwanted breakouts—and it all begins in your gut.



Inner Turmoil

Stress negatively impacts the balance of flora (bacteria) in your stomach and produces enzymes that kill positive, healthy bacteria. This bacterial imbalance provokes inflammation, one of the leading causes of acne. Although acne is a skin condition often associated with teenagers, due to high levels of stress, it is becoming increasingly common in adults who may never have experienced problematic skin in their adolescence.

Just as stress impacts the balance of bacteria in your body, it also affects your body’s balance of hormones. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, when we’re stressed, our bodies produce a type of hormone called androgens. Androgens stimulate the oil glands, which, when under pressure, overproduce sebum to protect the skin. As a result, your skin be suffering from both stress-induced inflammation and clogged pores from an excess amount of oil.



Get To The Root

While traditional (topical) Rx medications effectively address external breakouts, they don’t treat the source of the problem—stress. A spot treatment may help clear your current acne temporarily, but new blemishes are likely to form in the future. Rather than solely focusing on the external, try a more complete approach to concentrate on the internal issue as well.



Seek Balance

Realistically, stress is inevitable at any age. From work, to family, to school, the pressures of daily life are often unavoidable. However, there are practical ways to better manage stress, and in turn, achieve a healthier-looking complexion.

Unlike other acne skincare lines, MD Complete offers a unique and beneficial alternative that targets the root of acne. The Healthy Skin Probiotic contains a probiotic, prebiotic and niacin to restore gut health during periods of high stress. Used alongside the 3-Step Acne Clearing System, the probiotic helps maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut for clearer, more radiant skin.

Beyond having a healthy balance in your stomach, it’s important to implement lifestyle changes that may help moderate your levels of stress. Get plenty of sleep, maintain a diet filled with fresh foods and antioxidants, and don't forget to exercise. Additionally, try engaging in a relaxing activity. Stress is individualized, so treat yourself to something that makes you feel good.