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Are Some Forms Of Acne Possibly Psychosomatic?

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I am trying a new regimen, since nothing has ever worked in the past. It is called the not think about acne regimen. I'll keep this board updated on my results. Anyway, I have moderate/severe adult bacne. No facial acne. I have tried everything except accutane, and I mean everything. Now I am just giving up, but I am also moving on. I have read a lot about stress, and its effects on hormones. This is why I am starting to think it is psychosomatic, especially if you are an adult. My new regimen is going to be centered on stress management, and pretending like I do not have acne. It may sound weird, but its worth a try. I mean how many people with acne fret all the time because of it? I bet every one that has acne has 10 times the amount of stress as a non acne sufferer. I didn't want to get in to details and bore you, but if you are interested just google stress/hormones/androgens, and you can see many scholarly articles published on how stress significantly messes with them. Thanks for reading, and good luck. By the way benzoyl peroxide sucks, and always made my acne 10 times worse, and I have tried all forms, even the newish 5% benzefoam.

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Stress management definitely helps, but it may not completely cure acne. Personally, I find that my acne gets out of control when my stress levels are high and when I am feeling depressed, so I do believe that it is partially psychologically-driven. Acne increases stress too, which doesn't help the situation. Keep us updated on your progress, I wish everyone could act as if they had no acne, it would alleviate a lot of stress for sure

Current regimen: garlic supplements  & turmeric [as needed, for antioxidants, both are AMAZING for skin], Enzymedica gluten blocker/ digestive enzymes [as needed], nicadan [the only vitamin presciption I take -1/2 per day works well], DIM (needed), inositol (very rarely nowadays - no longer needed as my PCOS is balanced). Also trying herbs for adrenal fatigue. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using BioClin and other products), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency & lactic acid peel facials...


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I agree with WishClean. Also if stress is YOUR CAUSE, then of course it can help.

I think it always helps to be optimistic and have a positive outlook on life.

When I did have acne,

some of the things i used to do were:

When I went to the bathroom, I washed my face in a semi-lit place. I didn't turn on the lights, but had a nightlight in there... lol

Also, I hung out with friends at night mostly because no lighting really... =)

Anddd the less I looked at it, the better it made me feel.

I also did things that made me happy such as listen to music, taking my dog for a walk, go swimming, showering, eating, and sleeping(!)


oh and cleaning for some weird reason because i'm really messy. Keep your mind occupied, and be surrounded by people that don't care. I chose my dog because animals don't care what you look like as long as you feed them and show them some love.

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It's a chicken and egg thing.

Stress plays into your endocrine system. Your endocrine system plays into stress.

This is why depression is best treated with both meds and therapy. You have to sort out the chemical imbalance while also teaching the brain to stop reinforcing the depression.

Yeah, stress definitely plays into acne, but personally I think if your body erupts in acne every time you get minorly stressed, you've got a problem in the endocrine system you need to fix. It is simply impossible to live a stress-free lifestyle. Stress is a part of life. Unless you have family members dying every day or something, your body should be able to handle a bit of stress without erupting in pus lesions.

Just getting my skin clear through meds has removed one of the biggest stressors in my life, so...yeah.




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