Few things can wreck a person’s confidence like a big old pimple. It would be cruelly ironic if stressful situations — a wedding, say, or a public speaking engagement — could trigger a breakout. Unfortunately, experts say the associations between stress and acne are now well-established.
“When we went into our study, we were uncertain of the results — we thought we might debunk some myths,” says Dr. Alexa Kimball, a professor of dermatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She’s referring to a study she and colleagues conducted back in 2003, when the links between stress and acne were still largely anecdotal. But Kimball’s research on university students found stress could indeed trigger an acne episode. And the greater the stress, the more pronounced the breakout. Click here to read the full article.