Stress is a normal and natural reaction to life's many challenges, and everyone experiences it at some point. A 2015 study polled individuals and found that over 30% of people report having high levels of stress. Though some people can manage stress better than others, excessive or chronic stress tends to affect everyone's health. Symptoms of stress can manifest in a variety of ways. Everyone experiences stress differently; the mental and physical symptoms vary from person to person.
One of the most visible signs of stress is acne. A study of 94 teenagers found that higher stress levels seem to correlate with objectively worse acne, particularly in males. Researchers are still attempting to discover if stress causes breakouts directly, or if there are other contributing factors as well. For example, when people experience stress, they touch their faces more often, which contributes to the spreading of bacteria and could then lead to acne.
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