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less sleep = breakouts?

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ive noticed whenever i stay up till like 3:00/4:00am to study, i get breakouts when i wake up. my face is usually clear, the night before and i see no signs of a pimple or anything, then wammmm one pops up. is their a direct correlation between less sleep and acne/breakouts? or is it just one of those coincidences?

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Well if you still sleep 8-10 hours i dont see whats the difference.


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i always have to wake up at 8 or 9, so i lose about 4 or 5 hours of sleep. but i sleep like 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon too.

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I wouldnt know then,i have always slept 8-10 hours for ages.Makes your life less miserable to sleep through half of it..


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I say may I never be content,

I say deliver me from Swedish furniture,

I say deliver me from clever arts,

I say deliver me from clear skin and perfect teeth,

I say you have to give up,

I say evolve and let the chips fall where they may.

--Fight Club: This is your life

"Its only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything."


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With the example you used about sleep, my guess is two things are going on.If you are staying up late 'cause you gotta study for an exam or a paper is due, then not only are you cutting down on sleep, which can aggravate acne, but you are under at least some stress too.Many moons ago when I was in college, I do recall that at the beginning of each semester my skin would flare up as I had to readjust my work/school/sleep routine.I have worked late night in college which I realize now while better for my pocketbook it was probably not the best for my skin.GOOD LUCK with school. smile.gif

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Your body needs continuous sleep to actually "heal." While making up lost sleep in the afternoon will make you less sleepy, it won't pick up for the 4-6 hours some people get a night.

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sleep allows time for the body to recover and for inflammation to heal.

Thus making it beneficial for acne. Sleep,a good diet, and a reasonable amount of excersise is good. You seem like a very busy person so you'll have fit all of this into you daily activities. I know it seems like so much but you'll feel better living accordingly. Oh and don't mind the writing below, iy0ga.

I say let me never be complete,

I say may I never be content,

"I say deliver me from Swedish furniture,

I say deliver me from clever arts,

I say deliver me from clear skin and perfect teeth,

I say you have to give up,

I say evolve and let the chips fall where they may.

--Fight Club: This is your life

"Its only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything."

I have another one: "worker bees can flee even drones can fly away. The Queen is their slave."

great movie,eh.

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imo lack of sleep definitely impacts on your skin...bags under your eyes, additional lines, sallow looking and possibly new spots....blech sad.gif

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i can't say ive made this particular observation but STRESS does tend to break me out.... although if im up that late i am usually enjoying myself :-D

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Directly relates to stress for me. I once spent an entire week and a half only getting 4-5 hours of sleep a night and had no problems with pimples.


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actually, studies show naps are just as useful as normal all night sleep.

Like someone mentioned, during sleep new cells are made and healed etc. Bosy is refuelled with neurotransmitters.

As for napping later in the afternoon (like me), it isn't really desireable. Your biological clock is changed. You should try and get into the habit of sleeping at night

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i think this is correct. i am trying to sleep 8 or 9 hours every night to improve my general health and sense of peace. if you don't get enough sleep you will be tired and stressed on a continual basis and your body won't function as well.


acne stats:

black african (beautifully) brown skinned female with tendency toward mild to moderate acne prone to hyperpigmentation (as in dark marks). my acne is under control mostly due to baking soda paste as a facial mask.

current regimen:

*baking soda/water paste as a mask and scrub 2x day.

*MAC studio finish concealer in nw50

*MAC studio fix foundation powder in nw45

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I think it might have a correlation because when I was a freshman in high school I used to go to bed early (like 10:45). Now as a senior, i go to bed at 12 something. My frosh year I had basically no acne, and now I have a lot (to me it's a lot, but I guess it's considered moderate). Yes, the increase in acne could have been due to a lot of things, however, I believe my change in sleep patterns probably had something to do with it. And also, contrary to popular belief, you CAN make up sleep (for up to a week). Therefore, if you find yourself missing quality sleep time because of an exam or something you're studying for, go to bed early the next night.

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No -- contrary to your belief, you CAN'T make up sleep. If you miss it, you miss it; your body doesn't backlog sleep time. If you miss sleep, get on with life but your body won't suddenly be completely fine and not be tired from the lack by doing it at the end of the week.

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For some, sleep definetly can break them out. In Chinese medicine, they believe the body heals themselves during certain times of the night. Here is an example:

Body's Natural Daily Cycle

Traditional Chinese Medicine also stresses the need to observe the body's natural daily cycle. (Similar to ayurveda, Indian system of medicine.) The "organ time clock" specifies certain times for restoring the energy of certain organs:

bullet 11:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. for the gallbladder

bullet 1:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M. for the liver

bullet 3:00 A.M. to 5:00 A.M. for the lungs

bullet 5:00 A.M. to 7:00 A.M. for the large intestine

It helps to go to bed early for optimum benefits. 9:00 P.M. sleep time is the most preferable.


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for me, sleeping late (eg. 4am in the morning) does worsen my complexion and increases the chance of getting a few more acne, even if i sleep more than 8 hours, and even when i do not have any stress.

in the past when i sleep at ard 10+ and wake up at 6, breakouts were very rare!!

i find sleeping early helps my pigmentation fade away faster too!

so i suggest u sleep early, it have many other health benefits besides helping with acne.

i hope i can turn in early like i did last time..... wub.gif

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The time of the day you sleep is irrelevant. And no, your body doesn't go through "healing" one organ at a time; the Chinese are wrong.

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The Chinese are wrong.

Ben Kweller is right.


Currently recovering from prolonged moderate breakout

Current Regim:

Trying to avoid: Dairy/Sugar/Carbs/Processed Foods/Alcohol/Caffeine

Suplements: zinc/multi-vitamin/fish oil/ACV tablets/vitamin C/B5

Topicals:coconut oil/Jojoba oil/ACV AM and PM, washing with olive oil soap, BP AM and PM

Current status: couple of small angry white heads which is annoying but they clear up pretty quickly, mainly red marks and scars though


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