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Old 11-21-2005, 07:05 PM   #1
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Sleep affect acne?


I used to have acne when I was small but my face cleared up with the odd pimple/zit here and there for the past 3 years but now its all coming back. Could it be lack of sleep? Is that a factor in acne or is it just a myth?
Could it also be stress? I just started university maybe my body is reacting this way to pressure.

Any thoughts would help, thanks.

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Old 11-22-2005, 01:41 PM   #2
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Re: Sleep affect acne?

YES! Lack of sleep and stress definitely aggravate acne. Not changing your pillowcase often enough is also a big one that people overlook. Not that that is what is happening to you but I know when I went away to university I never even thought about changing my pillowcase because my mom used to do that stuff for me

Old 11-22-2005, 03:22 PM   #3
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Re: Sleep affect acne?

I would say stress deffinetly. I get around 9-10 hrs of sleep a night and i still have acne, so sleep isnt a factor for myself, but im sure it different for everyone. But yes, stress has been proven to worsen acne.

Old 11-23-2005, 03:27 AM   #4
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Re: Sleep affect acne?

Yeah i think stress definetly causes acne!! My acne tends to get really bad during very stressful periods like university exams or relationship issues etc.. I tend to get oilier in those moments!

Old 11-23-2005, 05:35 AM   #5
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Re: Sleep affect acne?

Oh yeah, definitely. During vacations I don't break out as much as i do during the school year when i sleep on average only 4-5 hrs and am under a lot of stress (Pre Med!!). When i don't sleep a lot I can almost guarantee that I'll have a bunch of new breakouts in 2 or 3 days because of one night of bad sleep.

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