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cortisol working out acne stress flareup

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#1 jenjenjen

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

i've read that high cortisol levels can cause acne :/ i've been working out a lot lately and now my acne has flared up, i suspect this is the reason. any suggestions?



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Posted 06 March 2014 - 02:37 PM

i've read that high cortisol levels can cause acne :/ i've been working out a lot lately and now my acne has flared up, i suspect this is the reason. any suggestions?

 

There's very little data concerning cortisol and acne. Of the two studies I can find, the results are mixed: http://europepmc.org...ct/MED/2151388, http://europepmc.org...ZMH3Y404nlFb.12

 

Testosterone and estrogen appear to be more influential on acne, but no one knows for sure whether cortisol effects acne and to what degree.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 09:11 PM

I had the same problem last year. Tweaking my meals before and after exercising, as well as the length of the workout, completely stopped the breakouts I was experiencing when I took up resistance training. I eat a light, protein and fat rich meal 2 or 3 hours before working out. I exercise for no more than one hour (this is crucial). After exercising, I wait about 2 hours until I eat. 

 

It's also important not to exercise too much. Keep it to once a day, every other day. 



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Posted 13 March 2014 - 12:13 PM

Cortisol has far reaching systemic effects such elevating blood sugar, immune system suppression, gastrointestinal function, constricted arteries & thus elevated blood pressure, etc.

 

So yes, it affects acne.   But extreme workouts can also elevate testosterone.   Is your skin oilier?






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