Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsSkin Conditions · 1 decade ago

does stress really cause pimples? if not then wat does?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A pimple is a result of a blockage of the skin's pore. See Acne vulgaris.

    Inside the pore are sebaceous glands which produce sticky sebum. When the outer layers of skin shed (as it does continuously), the dead skin cells left behind may become 'glued' together by the sticky sebum. This causes a blockage in the pore, especially when the skin becomes thicker at puberty[1]. The sebaceous glands produce more sebum which builds up behind the blockage, and this sebum harbours various bacteria including the species Propionibacterium acnes. Since the body's natural defence against bacteria is primarily phagocytes (white blood cells), these rush to the site behind the blockage (where the bacteria are). This is what gives some pimples the 'whiteheads' (unless the Phagocytes are deeper in the skin, which means you can't see the 'white' caused by them). The white blood cells then destroy (by phagocytosis) the bacteria to prevent infection. The pain one may feel when a pimple is present is caused by the widening of skin around the white blood cells.

    See also: Acne vulgaris#Treatments

    Common over-the-counter medications for pimples are Benzoyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid. Both medications can be found in many creams and gels used to treat acne through topical application. Both medications help skin slough off easier, which helps to remove bacteria faster. A regimen of keeping the affected skin area clean plus the regular application of these topical medications is usually enough to keep acne under control, if not at bay altogether. 1-2% of the population is allergic to Benzoyl peroxide treatments. Severe acne usually indicates the necessity of prescription medication to treat pimples. Prescription medications used to treat acne include isotretinoin, which is a retinoid. Historically, antibiotics such as tetracyclines and erythromycin were prescribed. While they were more effective than topical applications of benzoyl peroxide, the bacteria eventually grew resistant to the antibiotics and the treatments became less and less effective. Also, antibiotics had more side effects than topical applications (erythromycin can cause stomach cramps).[citation needed]

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  • 5 years ago


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    7 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Stress is commonly blamed for the development of acne/pimples. Stress can have many physiologic effects on the body, including changes in hormones that may theoretically lead to acne. In some cases the stress may actually be caused by the acne lesions, not the other way around! If the acne is being treated effectively, stress is not likely to have much impact on the majority of people.

    Check out this website for more information from the American Academy of Dermatology:

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes it Can ...

    Hormones and Stress Can Cause Pimples

  • 6 years ago


    I am a dermatologist by profession and within a careeer of 10 years I have seen lots of acne problems. According to me Red and white pimples are the worst and painful. Acneprone skin is very sensitive, even if you touch it once the redness will increase with itching. According to me there is no magical way to heal your pimples over night as this is the puffed part of your skin due to the bacteria. comes with full customer satisfaction.

    In simple words try to improve your diet and have lots of water that helps in healingg process. Un-necessary oily food should be avoided to get a healthy spotless skin.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Stress does make them worse. It may not cause them, but if you have them, they will get worse when you are stressed. The cause has something to do with hormones making your glands produce too much oil, which clogs your pores, then they get red and inflamed from infection from bacteria. I would guess that stress makes this worse because you produce more hormones under stress.

    Source(s): I've fought acne for a long time. Whenever it was really bad was when I was stressed.
  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Don't worry about any of the things on your list - this is just to scare naughty boys and girls. The sebaceous glands get clogged up with the outer cell layers of the skin, and the clog gets infected with bacteria that live off the tallow within. The treatment depends on the severity of the condition. Antibiotic lotions and benzoylperoxide creams, alone or in combination, work sufficiently well with most people, but only as long as you keep it up.

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  • 5 years ago

    Exfoliate your skin once a week using a paste of honey and sugar. It's gentle and honey is very moisturizing so it'll help clear your skin. For a really good cream look for Monsia skincare online, its vitamin C and natural stuff which will help a ton with uneven skin and acne scars. They have toner, cleanser, night and day creams. Really good stuff and works like a charm if you use them properly along with good hygiene and a good diet.

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