Preventing stress acne from popping up is a bit more complicated than just making yourself relax a little (which is always easier said than done). However, there are things you can do to lower stress levels, and it all starts with self-care. "Try to eat healthy foods and cut out simple sugars and refined carbs, which add to inflammation," Dr. Cheung said. "Exercising will also help your body release endorphins, which will help to counter your stress."
Whether your thing is yoga, meditation, a dance class, sitting down to read your favorite book, or listening to some music, prioritize it. "The quicker your stress levels go down, the quicker your hormones will balance and your skin can return to normal," Dr. Marmur said. "Get some fresh air and fresh perspective — turn off the news, unplug with cooking something colorful."
And, of course, both Dr. Marmur and Dr. Cheung recommended you get your sleep — it affects your body in more ways than just stress breakouts.