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Scientists have performed two recent studies on marijuana and acne, but no research specific to other drugs and their effects on acne exists in any peer-reviewed medical journals. However, we do have research attempting to relate cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), and marijuana with androgen production, both in animals and in humans. Androgens are male hormones that are present in both males and females and are intricately connected with acne development. As a general rule, the higher...
Research has proposed that psychological stress may be a factor in acne. There is little direct scientific evidence indicating what effect stress has on acne. However, based on what we know about how stress affects the skin, it is reasonable to suspect that stress may contribute to increased skin oil production and more inflammation in the skin, both of which are known to lead to more acne. Stress may also slow wound healing, and since...