It’s no coincidence that pimples show up when tension is high. “Recently I’ve seen many patients who never break out experience stress-induced acne,” notes Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist in New York City. Another related factor: too little sleep. As you rest, anti-inflammatory hormones help lower surging levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can cause breakouts. Be vigilant about getting enough sleep, then stick to an easy skin-clearing regimen.
- Wash twice daily with a nonsoap cleanser, and follow with an oil-free, noncomedogenic moisturizer. To treat and cover spots during the day, use a concealer that contains salicylic acid, like Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Oil-Free Concealer ($8 at drugstores). And at least twice a week, use a 2 percent salicylic acid treatment, like Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Cleansing Pads ($8 at drugstores), to remove debris from pores.