Q&A: Can Stress Cause Severe Acne?

woman stressedQ: Can stress cause severe acne? – R.K.

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A: The short answer is no. Acne is a inflammatory disease of the skin caused by changes in the hair follicle and the sebaceous glands of the skin that produce sebum. There is no link to an increase in sebum (the oily substance that blocks the pores resulting in whiteheads or blackheads and pimples), which usually causes increased acne severity. However, stress can aggravate your body and likewise, cause an inflammatory response such as breakouts. But, with that said