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Stress Acne: What Causes It & How to Treat It

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Stress Acne

Stress…we all deal with it. It takes a toll on our body and mind, especially when it comes to the dreaded stress acne. There are many ways to treat and prevent stress acne. Read on to learn more! 

What is Stress Acne?

Stress acne is a breakout caused by prolonged increased cortisol levels. When we experience stress and anxiety, cortisol is a hormone that is released to regulate our stress response. Prolonged stress results in continuously elevated cortisol levels, causing inflammation throughout the body. Skin result = stress acne. 

What does Stress Acne Look Like? 

Stress acne can be hard to identify because it looks very similar to hormonal acne, acne caused by a poor diet or bad reaction to a skin care product. It can also appear anywhere on your body. Typically, if you are experiencing stress acne, the acne is more cystic as opposed to whiteheads or blackheads. If you’re seeing very inflamed breakouts and notice you’ve been experiencing extra stress recently, there is a good chance your breakout is stress related. 

How can Stress Acne Be Treated?

Stress acne can be treated in a myriad of ways. First and foremost, reducing stress is the best way to treat stress acne. However, we all know how difficult that can be. VIO Med Spa offers a variety of stress acne treatments to help you clear up and prevent future breakouts while improving your overall complexion.

Med Spa Services

PRP Injections

This innovative treatment utilizes Protein Rich Plasma (PRP) to treat breakouts. PRP is a serum extracted from the blood that contains a high concentration of platelets that stimulate stem cells to support the body in regenerating and healing quickly, making it an effective and natural way to treat breakouts.

PRP injections are a great way to treat stress acne because they promote skin regeneration, healing the existing blemishes while stimulating collagen production to heal acne scarring from previous breakouts, revealing a clear, glowing complexion.

Schedule an Appointment for PRP Injections

Work with our team of experts to create a treatment plan to help you meet your skin goals!

VI Peels for Pigmentation

The VI Peel is a medium-depth chemical peel that exfoliates the top layer of skin to reveal refreshed, brighter skin. VI Peels are great for treating stress acne because they improve the appearance of the skin by treating acne and hyperpigmentation along with improving uneven skin texture or skin tone. Additionally, VI Peels encourage collagen production in the skin to promote healing and a more youthful complexion. 

Schedule a VI Peel

Unleash brighter, glowing skin!

Microneedling for Scarring

Since stress acne is often cystic, it is more likely to scar the skin and create an uneven skin texture. Microneedling treatments aid to reduce the appearance of acne scarring caused by previous breakouts while simultaneously improving overall skin texture. 

Book a Microneedling Appointment

Treat acne scarring or hyperpigmentation while simultaneously improving your skin texture.


ZO Complexion Clearing Masque

Practice self-care and treat stress acne all at once with the ZO Complexion Clearing Masque. This clay-based mask absorbs excess oil from the skin to prevent future breakouts. Plus, relaxing for a few moments with a face mask is the ultimate stress-reducer. 

ZO Retinol Skin Brightener

Retinol is a powerful ingredient that literally gets under your skin to treat acne by stimulating collagen and elastin production. ZO Retinol Skin Brightener is available in a variety of retinol strengths, depending on your skin needs. 

Alastin Skin Nectar

This topical treatment is designed to strengthen the skin before and after aesthetic treatments while also enhancing the results. Alastin Skin Nectar soothes post-procedure skin, helps reduce recovery time and improves the skin’s overall appearance to reveal brighter, smoother, glowing skin. 

This product is a great addition to any stress acne treatment regimen because it compliments skin-rejuvenating procedures and continuously treats the skin to promote a brighter complexion, reducing the appearance of stress related breakouts. 

Get Rid of Stress Acne

Dealing with stress acne doesn’t have to add more stress to your life. Connect with our team of aesthetic experts to design a stress acne treatment plan to help you reach your skin goals! 

Get Rid of Stress Acne & Start Your Glow Up

Schedule an appointment to start treating your stress acne today!