What are the most effective tools to handle stress related to acne?

  1. Exercise is far and away the best way to reduce emotional stress. We are first and foremost physical animals. Try to get your body moving at least three times a week for a good half hour or more. Don't believe it? Try it and see. It makes an incredible difference.
  2. Good sleep: Good sleep is very important to reduce stress especially for teens and young adults.

Some helpful tips to improve your sleep:

  • Stick to a sleep schedule of the same bedtime and wake-up time, even on the weekends. A fixed schedule regulates your body's clock, will help you fall asleep and will help you stay asleep for the night.
  • A relaxing pre-bedtime routine will help you get in the right mood to sleep.
  • Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon. These naps may help you get through the day but will make it harder for you to fall asleep at night.
  • Exercise daily. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise is better than no activity.
  • Your bedroom should be cool – between 60 and 67 degrees. It should be also free from any noise and light that can disturb your sleep. Consider using blackout curtains, eyeshades, earplugs, "white noise" machines, humidifiers, fans, and other devices.
  • Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive. A good mattress should be 9 or 10 years old at most to provide good quality sleep.

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