Is Stress Making You Ugly?
Understand what tension can do to your hair, skin and nails -- and skin care tips on what you can do to help prevent it
"Recent studies have shown a direct link between stress levels and increases of acne," says Murad. "Scientists now believe that during times of stress, our bodies release elevated levels of [two hormones] that stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce excess oil." And, of course, that excess oil leads to clogged pores, blackheads and acne.
Additionally, stress slows down the healing process -- it can decrease the wound healing capacity of the immune system by up to 40 percent so that your breakouts will last longer than usual.
Super news. So what's a girl to do?
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