Stress Breakouts: What You Need to Know

Shopping, traveling, cooking, entertaining... the holidays can be extremely busy. It's no wonder we get so stressed out. And if the stress isn't bad enough, sometimes it can cause stress-induced blemishes and acne breakouts. Ugh. Stress breakouts can happen at anytime, not just during the holidays.

Here's what you need to know to get your skin back on track.

Why Stress Breakouts Happen

When we get stressed out, our body goes into fight mode, redirecting blood flood and oxygen to more vital areas (e.g. heart, lungs, brain). It's not that different from when you're cold, and your extremities are affected first, because blood flow is reduced to vital organs. As your skin is deprived of blood and oxygen, it becomes dehydrated and more prone to clogged pores. Combine that with the excess oil produced by cortisol, a hormone your body produces when stressed, and no wonder you've got breakouts occurring.

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Plus, if you already suffer from acne, you're even more prone to stress breakouts. (For all things acne, check out our post: Acne 101.

Preventative Maintenance

When you're stressed out, it's easy to let things fall to the wayside including diet and skincare. Here are a few things you shouldn't neglect: 

1. Don't Let Your Diet Go Off the Rails! It's easy to eat terrible when we're stressed out. But bingeing on unhealthy food because it's convenient and comforting will come back to haunt you. Certain foods like dairy and carbs may trigger acne. Try to stick to your regular diet and stay hydrated. Also limit your intake of processed foods including refined sugar, which increase inflammation. 

2. Don't Forget to Stay on Top of Your Skincare! At the end of a long, stressful day, it's only normal to want to crawl right into bed. But before you do, DON'T FORGET TO WASH YOUR FACE! The last thing you want to do is leave a layer of makeup, dirt, and oil on top of those already sensitive, clogged pores. Plus, if your skin isn't clean, how will you be able to properly exfoliate and apply your skincare regime (which also keep your skin healthy) before bed, too? 

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3. Don't Forget to Wash Your Hat! Okay, this one may sound like it's coming out of left-field, but it's important. Hats absorb hair product, makeup, and oil. Yuck. And since people rarely wash their hats, it can result in grimy buildup. Buildup + already irritated stressed skin = breakouts. Before you throw on that adorable Love Your Melon Beanie, make sure you regularly clean off the inner brim before it touches your forehead. (NOTE: Do this year-round for ALL OF YOUR HATS, even when you're not stressed out.) 

Sometimes even the best preventative maintenance can't stop all facial blemishes from occurring.  If you're already suffering from acne and experiencing a stress flare up, you may need to schedule a peel to help remove the excess dead skin cells to restore balance back to your skin. And of course, check in with your doctor to see their prescribed course of treatment.   

Ready to Book Your Facial Service?

Give us a call at 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to book your facial service in time for holiday events. And if you want to give the gift of beautiful skin, gift certificates are available in-store and online, too!  

Acne 101

Ah acne. While often synonymous with angsty teenagers, the reality is acne doesn't just affect teens. Adults suffer from it, too. And even if you never had a problem with acne when you were younger, it can still strike when you're older.

Fortunately, knowledge and treatments for acne have come a long way. There's no need to suffer from blemished skin. Here's what you need to know about acne and how to treat it.

What Causes Acne

Did you know everyone has the same bacteria that causes acne on their skin? So, why do some people experience acne and others don't? Well, it all boils down to genetics. (Thanks, mom and dad!)

Genetics determine your skin's shedding cycle, which determines if you get acne. Acne prone skin sheds more often, causing dead skin cells to build up in the pore and follicle. That build up plus oil creates a clog, resulting in inflammation and ultimately a pimple. Multiply that by lots of pores and you've got the perfect storm: acne.  

How to Treat It  

There's no need to hide your face behind a cute Snapchat filter (unless you want to). You can have blemish free skin. However, it will require staying on top of your skincare, which needs to include: 

Using a Gentle Skincare Regime. Be sure you're using a gentle skincare line daily that not only cleanses, but exfoliates and moisturizes, too. Incorporate a Purifying Facial Bar, Clarity Serum, and Balance Moisturizer into your skincare regime.

As we've mentioned before, we highly recommend Fresh Faced Skincare. Not only is it affordable, products range from $10-$47, but it works! Their Clarifying Serum is the holy grail of exfoliants, plus it's sulfate free, fragrance free, paragon free, and dye free. 

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Getting Regular Peels. Regular peels are key to treating acne since a peel removes dead skin cells. By removing the dead skin cells before they can clog the pore, you're mitigating the acne.  

La Belle offers enzyme peels ($25) that you can add to any facial service. Or you can boost your exfoliation by opting for the dermaplaning with enzyme peel ($40). With La Belle, every facial service includes a professional skincare consultation and personalized home care recommendations. So, if you have questions, they'll have the answers. 

Keeping an Eye on Your Diet. Your diet affects more than just your waistline. Clinical studies indicate that certain foods like dairy and carbs may trigger acne. In addition to avoiding trigger foods, try adding anti-inflammatory foods (double-check food allergies first) to your diet, too. Always consult with your doctor if you're concerned you diet may be attributing to your breakouts, and adjust your eating habits accordingly. 

Ready to get your acne under control? Give us a call at 302-656-0555, 302-378-8880 to book your facial treatment service.