Sunday, 10 September 2017

Stress Spots & How To Deal With Them.

When you're stressed your skin suffers. I mean, it really suffers.
It takes the brunt of the comfort eating, self neglect, insomnia and everything else stress brings with it and if you're already spot prone then stress seizes the opportunity to give you the biggest break outs of your life. Thank you stress, much appreciated.

Recently there has been a bereavement in my family and my skin broke out big time. I have had my skin under control for just over a year now. My skin has finally settled after a long process of trial and error. I've now found a skin care regime that works for me. 
Unfortunately stress spots are immune to it.
They just decided to create a nice dot to dot pattern all over my face. Big, red, painful spots appeared overnight and didn't show any signs of leaving.
But this ain't my first rodeo. I spend the majority of my life stressed so I knew what to do and what not to do.
For years I struggled with unruly skin and felt so disheartened by it so today I wanted to share with you some tips and tricks that have helped me through the bad skin days/weeks/months. 
Of course I'm no expert and am only speaking from personal experience but fingers crossed this helps someone.

Drink lots of water.

I know, I know. Everyone says this but it's so important. It keeps your skin, mind and body healthy.
Water really is a skin saviour and has so many other benefits to your overall health.
I aim to drink at least 6 cups a day. I hate plain water so I go for sugar free flavoured water. Alternatively you can infuse your water with fruit or a herbal tea bag. Play around with flavours and see what works for you.
Even if you have juice. Any way to increase your water intake is good.

Invest in a good concealer.

Stress spots will come and go as they wish and sometimes your stringent skincare routine and extra water just isn't enough. Having a reliable, long lasting concealer is a must if you're bothered about the appearance of the spots. I have been using Dermacol Makeup Cover Foundation as a concealer when my spots are really bad (I featured it in another post which you can read here). It's very heavy and gives very full coverage. I couldn't believe how well it hid my spots. I applied my usual foundation over the top and voila!

Don't change your skincare products.

When I first started struggling with stress spots the first thing I would do is change my skincare products. BIG MISTAKE!
Chances are unless you've had some kind of reaction to a new product then your usual skincare is still working. Stress spots have their own agenda and don't give two shits about your routine. They happen regardless of anything so if your skincare regime is working for you at every other time then stick with it. Don't think that because you've had a breakout that the products don't work for you.
When trying new products it's important to remember that they need time to work. Chances are you wont notice a change/improvement to your skin  instantly. Give it at least a week.

Stick to your usual skincare routine.

Keep up with your skincare routine! Don't stop because you're having a bad skin day/week. Keep using your products. Exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturise as normal. If you use face masks then carry on. I noticed that when I felt disheartened I would slack with my skin and kind of give up on it. This in turn made my skin worse and I'd find myself spottier and even more disheartened/disappointed with my skin.

Remove unnecessary stresses from your life.

This sounds stupid but in many cases there is a trigger.
Ask yourself why you're so stressed and then look for reasonable ways to manage or deal with the situation. Obviously there are times when you're just stressed and there's nothing you can do about it but it's worth sitting down and taking a look for any stresses that are unnecessary to see if you can manage or remove them. Stress causes so many problems so if you can identify a source then you'll be helping yourself with so much more than just your skin.

Leave them alone.

One of the worst things you can do is pick them or squeeze them. By messing around with them you're adding bacteria your face and of course you're putting them at risk of scarring. They will go. You just have to be patient.

Don't give up on your skin!

It is so easy to give up on your skin and accept that you're always going to have bad skin but that's not the case. In terms of stress spots they come and go. They aren't there forever and they can be managed. There are things you can do to help yourself.
Everyone suffers with spots at some point and it's not worth stressing about.

I hope these tips have been helpful.

If you have any tips or advice for dealing with spots then please leave them in the comments!



  1. Thank you for sharing such an important post! You are a life-saver! XO

  2. My skin goes mental when I'm stressed! I'm terrible for picking though haha

    1. I know, it's so tempting!

      Thank you for reading & commenting!

  3. wow i didnt know changing your routine would be harmful! i just learned something great post!

    1. I used to change my routine whenever I had a breakout and my skin would go into meltdown!

  4. I think water 24/7 definitely a big helper for my skin now a days x

  5. My skin breaks out A LOT when im stressed so these tips will come in handy when my next burst of stress spots decide to appear!

    Heather xox ||

  6. Increasing my water intake made such a huge difference to my skin! Xx

  7. Agree with all these tips but the best one, for me, is not to change your skincare products or routine. Also to be patient, if it's a stress reaction then it will pass. Thank you for an informative and common sense post! X

    Lisa |

  8. Agree with all these tips but the best one, for me, is not to change your skincare products or routine. Also to be patient, if it's a stress reaction then it will pass. Thank you for an informative and common sense post! X

    Lisa |

    1. Patience is definitely key!
      You're very welcome, thank you for reading and leaving a lovely comment x

  9. Stress is just the worst and i hate how my skin reacts to it! Thanks for your great advice and I definitely think water and good hydration is so important! xx

    Amina xx |

    1. Whenever I'm stressed I always expect a breakout. Thank you for reading and commenting x