Is your skin breaking out in lockdown? You are not alone. Quarantine should technically make things easier with skin breaking out, right? Well, is lockdown stress to blame?

What indeed is going on? Certainly, you are not using makeup or subjecting your skin to the stress of the harsh sun and pollution. You are also following a whole Instagram-worthy skincare regime, yet those darn angry bumps won’t go away.

Your girlfriends seem to be in the same fix (obviously not the lucky ones blessed with flawless skin… ugh!). Well, if you’re nodding along while reading this, here are a few reasons why skin breaking out in lockdown is still quite possible. Hint: Stress might have something to do with it!

1. Mindless lockdown snacking = skin breaking out!

Did you buy a whole stash of lockdown snacks only to eat them all in 2 days? Definitely, guilty as charged.

Binge-watching and binge eating go hand in hand, don’t they? Be careful with those lockdown munchies! Not only are you devouring significant calories while stress-eating chips and baked goodies, but you may also be clogging your follicles, which could lead to your skin breaking out.

“Your body responds by cranking out more insulin, which increases the production of skin oils and contributes to the clogging of follicles. It can wreak havoc on your skin,” says Valori Treloar, MD, a dermatologist in Newton, Massachusetts, and co-author of The Clear Skin Diet.

When stressed, try consuming less unrefined sugar and more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Truly, you are what you eat (we all want to look like glossy donuts but it doesn’t work that way sadly).

2. Lockdown stress can be cause for frequent skin breaking out

We are in the middle of a global pandemic and have spent a majority of in lockdown. It can be a lot to take in for our mind, body, and soul. The increasing stress may be the last thing that you’re actually (consciously) stressing about. However, unchecked stress for long periods of time can cause a range of complications in one’s body, including the confusing toll on your skin.

Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. Additionally, It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.

❤️ Talk to your friends and family, meditate or try yoga, go easy on WFH and make time for your hobbies.

3. Maskne (aka skin breaking out due to face mask)

Acne caused by wearing masks (wow, thanks 2020). Your masks can become a breeding playground for bacteria and yeast if they aren’t washed and cleaned regularly. Along with this, factors such as rubbing, occlusion, and the mask’s material can make your situation worse.

“Your breath trapped beneath the mask makes the skin surface warm and moist. Besides regular acne, this environment can lead to a breakout called folliculitis, which is when yeast or bacteria infect hair follicles.” – Maryann Mikhail, MD

❤️ Here’s what you can do – Keep your face clean and moisturize, get soft and breathable masks, wash your masks regularly, and avoid harsh chemicals.

4. Healthy practices to keep your #LockdownSkin in check

Follow a routine to avoid skin breaking out.

The concept of day/night has become trivial since lockdown began. Waking up late, skipping your shower, and staying in your jammies is the new normal.

While it is okay to take a break and skip makeup and hair care, you should not halt your skincare routine. Follow your cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and spot treatment routine every day without fail. Talk to a skincare specialist for advice tailored to your skin type.

Get some sun.

Along with this, take some time to get fresh air and sun (enjoy the sun before 10 am and after 4 pm). The vitamin D will not only benefit your skin but will also lighten your dark and depressed soul (it helps, really!).

Stop picking on your zits.

Seriously girl, staaaph!

Clean your phone.

Use a sanitizer to wipe the surface of your phone, and keep it squeaky clean. You can also choose hands-free to take a call instead of slapping it on your cheek whenever it rings.

Try Homemade DIY masks.

Choose ones appropriate for your skin type: what a great way to feel good!

Get enough sleep.

Netflix till 5 am < good skincare.

Drink plenty of water.

Your body will looove you forever!

5. When all else fails, stress not, and speak to a dermatologist!

If your skin is just out of control, then you need to see a dermatologist. Follow all safety measures if you are planning to visit your Derma. Don’t forget to wear your mask, carry your sanitizer, and stop touching your face to keep your skin from breaking out. If you’re anxious about stepping out, consult your doc online – thank god for technology!

No matter what – always remember that you are beautiful! These are trying times, but they won’t last forever. Keep smiling. XO

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