Does stress cause pimples? – Claudia Aguirre

Does stress cause pimples? – Claudia Aguirre

Translator: tom carter
Reviewer: Bedirhan Cinar She’s only a few feet away. The closer he gets, the more nervous he becomes, the budding zit on his nose growing bigger and bigger until it practically eclipses his face. She looks at him hovering nearby, sees the massive zit, and giggles. He slumps away, feeling sick. Stress can sure make a mess, and it happens to both teens and adults. But how does it happen? Let’s rewind to before the zit, to before Justin even sees his crush. Already late for school, Justin got to class just in time to hear the teacher say “pop quiz.” He hadn’t done his homework the night before, and felt more unprepared than the ambushed World War II soldiers he was supposed to write about. A sudden rush of panic swept over his body, leaving him with sweaty palms, a foggy mind and a racing heart. He stumbled out of class in a daze, and ran straight into his all-time crush, spiking up his stress. Stress is a general biological response to a potential danger. In primitive caveman terms, stress can make you fight for your life, or run for your life, if, for example, you’re confronted by a hungry saber-tooth tiger. Special chemicals called stress hormones run through your body, giving you more oxygen and power to run away from danger or to face it and fight for your life, hence the term “fight or flight.” But when you don’t fight, or take flight, you face the plight. When we’re taking final exams, sitting in traffic or pondering pollution, we internalize stress. It all begins in the brain. The hypothalamus, the master controller of your hormones, releases something called corticotropin-releasing hormone. This triggers the pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland found at the base of the brain, to release adrenocorticotropic hormone which then stimulates the adrenal gland sitting on top of the kidneys to release cortisol, the major stress hormone. These natural chemicals are a great help when you need to run away quickly, or do superhuman feats of courage, but when you’re simply sitting, these stress hormones collect in the body and affect your overall health. Stress hormones increase inflammation in the body, suppress the immune system, which makes you more susceptible to infection by acne-causing bacteria, and can even increase oil production in the skin. And this is the perfect storm for forming a pimple. Cortisol is a major stress hormone involved in making skin cells churn out oily lipids from special glands called sebaceous glands. But when there’s too much of these oily lipids, called sebum, they can plug up the swollen, inflamed pores and trap the pesky, acne-causing bacteria inside, where they set up house and thrive. Add a dash of inflammatory neuropeptides released by the nervous system when you’re — well, nervous — and angry zits follow. To make matters worse, Justin is a boy, meaning he’s got more testosterone than girls. Testosterone is another hormone that increases oil production in the skin. So, his already oily skin, together with a boost in oil and inflammation from stress, is the perfect environment for bacteria to swell, swell, swell up into a major zit. So what could’ve Justin done to avoid the big pimple? Stressful situations are unavoidable. But we can try to change our responses so that we’re not so stressed in the end. And had he been confident in approaching her, she might not have noticed the pimple, or he might not have had one.

100 Replies to “Does stress cause pimples? – Claudia Aguirre”

  1. >shortest fuckin temper
    >stressed bc school
    >wash face a lot with acne stuff
    >get pimples even though face is washed twice a day

    why god

  2. The worst about going through a breakup is not only it sucks but then thanks to stress you get acne and then it just adds more stress 👏👏👏

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  4. This is why I don't watch Ted-talk videos bc once I start I can't stop. This is the 15th video I've watched today

  5. How to have less stress: BE MORE CHILL…

    Dunan dunan Awoooo
    dunan dunan aaah
    FRance is Folllow-
    i'lll stop

  6. that means when i get stressed, i should work out, go for a walk to release stress in my body. This won't make my body (specail my face) have some inflamation pimples. Right??? smb answer me!!

  7. so…
    you get stressed because you find a pimple on your forehead. that zit makes you get stressed so the stress causes the zit to grow which causes more stresses making the zit bigger.

    thus zit -> stress -> more zit -> more stress -> more zit -> more stress -> more zit -> more stress until the zit consumes your whole body

    oh no

  8. So thats why I get pimples ansd zits? I wash my face with soap as hard as I can hut I still et them from anxiety?
    And now I get anxiety from something anxiety causes?

  9. Doctors BE like:
    Student: I eat food
    Doctor: Food can kill you
    Student: I drink water
    Doctor: Water can kill you
    Student: I eat vegetables
    Doctor: Vegetables can kill you
    Student: Wow, You're one crazy doctor
    Doctor: Craziness can kill you
    Doctor: I'm a doctor and I consult myself

  10. I don't care how confident you are approaching someone…………………………….they ALWAYS NOTICE THE PIMPLE.

  11. The only cause of stress is actually acne. So if acne will go away actually stress would go away. This is actually my case..

  12. yeah guys. Don't wash your face, use acne wipes, or facial location. Just be confident and you won't get pimples! 🙄

  13. My Classmate: Why do you have so many pimples
    Me: Showed this video
    My Classmate: Give this man a stressball

  14. Me parece increible que hablen sobre ese tema, el estres es tan perjudicial y tiene tanta repercusión en nuestras vidas, aun así hay todavía personas que piensan que atender a nuestras emociones no es algo tan importante. Tuve acne por estres y aunq ha mejorado aun quedan marcas



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  18. Dude I had somewhat of a panic attack but like I didn't show it and I almost threw up at the teacher (this never happened before). And oh look, my face is totally red

  19. omg this is exactly me today! I want to an algebra quiz with a clear face and was so stressed before the quiz and more stressed to see my crush being there and I came home and developed 4 small whiteheads on my face! story of my life!

  20. omg this is exactly me today! I want to an algebra quiz with a clear face and was so stressed before the quiz and more stressed to see my crush being there and I came home and developed 4 small whiteheads on my face! story of my life!

  21. I am as I think the most confidant girl in the class but still I have lots of pimples on my face. While those who are very shy even expressing their understanding are more clear than me. I just don't care about it but it still hurts me a little bit. I have tried many remedies too but it is useless. What should I do?

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