Can Getting a Good Night’s Sleep Reduce Acne?

Yes! Sleep reduces stress and stress is one of the big aggravators of acne.

Aside from my experience confirming this is true, one such study was conducted by the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2002. It was a small study that involved students suffering from acne. The college professors involved in the study conclusively proved that the exam stress worsened acne in these students. According to researchers, their findings indicated that “Subjects who had the greatest increases in stress during examination periods also had the greatest exacerbation in acne severity”

Stress not only affects acne flare-up, in general it worsens the overall skin condition. It induces the adrenal glands into overproduction of cortisol, a steroid, which in turn makes sebaceous glands produce more oil and make skin extra oily. This the reason why in stressful periods, people experiencing an increase in acne get more inflamed, puss-filled papules than simple whiteheads or blackheads.

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Read more about why the skin looks better after a good night’s sleep.

Read: To Lessen Acne, Reduce Oil and Bacteria Inside the Pores

Read: 11 Causes for Acne and Blemishes

Read: How Can I Fade My Acne Scars?

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