Does being in quarantine give me pimples?


We clarifies the relationship between acne and emotional stress

Dermatologists tell us that many young people and middle-aged women are noticing that, since confinement, they are getting more pimples.

Stress can be the main cause of these acne breakouts that are emerging in relation to the quarantine state. This is stated by Dr Elena Martínez Lorenzo, a dermatologist at the Pilar de Frutos Clinic, who specifies:

“Stress works by modifying the immune system, decreasing its activity and activating other pathways that stimulate inflammation, as well as the production of adrenaline and corticosteroids, which is what causes changes to appear in the skin.”

In addition, the state of alarm forces us to be at home: “Dry and hotter environments can serve as a trigger for acne rosacea outbreaks. The skin can become more easily irritated and trigger acne papular and pustular lesions, ”says Dr. Martínez Lorenzo.

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Dr Jose Luis Estebaranz, dermatologist and director of the DermoMedic clinic in Madrid, author of the book Acne Therapeutic News and cosmetic treatments (Group Medical Hall, 2018), responds profile Instagram Bioderma why more breakouts during confinement and what beauty routine is best to follow:

” We are seeing an increase in acne breakouts in people with a predisposition to it, not only young people but also middle-aged women ”(Dr José Luis Estebaranz, dermatologist)

Dr. Estebaranz helps us understand it:

The first reason is that we have made some changes in our daily routines, introducing different habits in the use of cosmetics, especially cleaning the face. We wash our faces less, it seems.

Second, we are exposed, whether we want to or not, to different emotions that cause us to secrete more hormones. They are stress hormones that influence the sebaceous glands and that can aggravate this acne.

Third, we may have changed eating habits that can influence the appearance of acne lesions in people with a greater predisposition to it.

Dr Estebaranz refers to this sudden passion for homemade sponge cake, beer and chocolate that have made their presence in the shopping cart so much increased since the confinement began and that affect acne in a very negative way. This is how he explains it in his book: it is not dairy that aggravates acne, it is skimmed dairy, to which extra sugar is added. Any diet with a high glycemic load damages acne-prone skin.

Other possible causes are related to cleaning the home:

They are not the main or direct cause, but they have to do. The pillowcases and cushions are full of mites and resting your face on them for more hours can be a source of infection and cause outbreaks. Estefanía Nieto, technical director of Omorovicza, recommends washing the covers every day or one day yes, one day not if you have very oily and acne-prone skin. “That fat is deposited on the pillows and, by leaning on them, it oxidizes, catches bacteria … If we lean on it again, these pro-infection agents will go directly to our face,” he clarifies.

The ideal routine to avoid pimples

This sum of environmental, emotional, and nutritional factors can cause a predisposed person to have an acne breakout. A good routine, either for teenagers or for middle-aged women, would be:


-In the morning, cleanse your face with a mild soap solution or micellar water.

-Afterwards, hydrate with a soft, fluid, non-comedogenic cream.

-Also, if you are going out to a garden, apply non-comedogenic oil-free SPF.

-At night, clean again to erase the residues that the skin secretes and apply a fluid cream that contains, for example, retinol or glycolic acid that prevents new acne appearances.

-If, in addition, we have an acneiform lesion, a papule or pustule, we can apply a topical medication prescribed by the dermatologist.


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