3. KEEP STRESS IN CHECK
In a study conducted at Stanford University, researchers found that during exam time, students who felt stressed had more severe acne breakouts than did those under less pressure. That’s because stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria, says Lisa Donofrio, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine. To keep that frazzled feeling under control, regularly practice stress-management techniques, like doing leisure activities or doing activities that can make you relax, and enjoy. This “can help conditions such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and seborrhea,” Donofrio says.