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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Does stress make hemochromatosis worse?

Does stress make hemochromatosis worse?

Maybe: I see that you have this fairly common illness and I hope that you have having it managed scientifically. Physical and emotional stress are rough on the secondary diabetes that often results from hemochromatosis. If there is stress in your life, I hope it is what Selye called "eu-stress" to help you achieve & learn, and that you'll cope with "dis-tress" proactively. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does the sun make your acne worse?

Does the sun make your acne worse?

Sunlight and acne: Actually, sunlight helps acne! several laser treatments for acne are based on this principle. Visible light (not uv or infrared) acts on by products of the bacteria to generate a singlet oxygen molecule. This molecule is the toxic to the bacteria and will kill it. The only problem is with sunlight you get damaging uv light at the same time. The amount of exposure needed can cause skin damage. ...Read more

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Does direct sunlight make acne worse or better?

Does direct sunlight make acne worse or better?

Better, but marginal: Simply exposing oneself to light should make acne better, however, due to the long time necessary to see a result makes this a poor method, especially with the risks of increased sun exposure (skin cancers, premature aging etc.) topical medications, oral medications, as well as special light therapy done by a dermatologist are all proven to work for acne with much better safety profiles. ...Read more

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Does ice cream make acne worse?

Does ice cream make acne worse?

Maybe : Some studies have shown that high glycemic index foods (high in sugar) and excess dairy may increase the number of acne lesions in some patients. Try minimizing these foods for 6 weeks to see if it makes a difference in your case. ...Read more

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Why does tazorac (tazarotene) make your acne worse before getting better?

Why does tazorac (tazarotene) make your acne worse before getting better?

Maybe not: Acne fluctuates. It might look worse at first. It might not. Many people benefit from this type of med. without getting worse. It tends to be irritating, especially the first 2 weeks. As it makes comedones [plugs in oil glands] come out, it might appear as worse acne, especially as it makes the face red. ...Read more

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Does eating avocado make my acne worst?

Does eating avocado make my acne worst?

Unlikely: Although avocados are higher in fat than many vegetables, it is vegetable fat and you would have to eat a lot of avocados to affect your acne. Avocados in the usual dietary ingestion would not change the body enough to be a problem. ...Read more

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Does e vitamin cause acne or make it worse?

Does e vitamin cause acne or make it worse?

No.: Vitamin e does not cause or worsen acne but it is not advisable to use on open sores such as a pimple because it can cause hypersensitivity and allergy in some rare instances. ...Read more

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Does caffeine make depression worse?

Does caffeine make depression worse?

There's no clear link between caffeine intake and depression: However, caffeine intake and depression may be linked indirectly for people who are particularly sensitive to the effects of caffeine or who have too much caffeine. Caffeine can cause sleep problems that affect mood. , Stopping abruptly can worsen depression. . If you have depression, consider limiting or avoiding caffeine to see if it helps improve your mood. To lessen these withdrawal effects, gradually reduce the amount of caffeinated beverages you drink. ...Read more

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Can acne medication make your skin worse?

Can acne medication make your skin worse?

No: You may be concerned about a slight flare in acne severity after starting medications. This is normal...Think of it as the impurities being brought to the surface and clearing. Treat though the flare...Clear skin is around the corner. ...Read more

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Seborrheic Dermatitis, does alcohol make it worse? also does it leave visible marks?

Seborrheic Dermatitis, does alcohol make it worse? also does it leave visible marks?

Relax: Seborrheic dermatitis is manageable if you're willing to work at it. Ketoconazole, coal tar, sulfur, blue shampoo, and judicious use of topical glucocorticoids are your friends. You list only "Eumovate" topical steroid and this is only one component of good management. Unlike rosacea, it's not much exacerbated by alcohol and shouldn't govern your decision to drink or not. It does not produce scar ...Read more

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If you're using accutane, does it make acne worse before it gets better?

If you're using accutane, does it make acne worse before it gets better?

Briefly: Hopefully you got a full explanation for this powerful medication before you started. Stay the course. It is worth it. ...Read more

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Does Dairy products make Acne worse?

Does Dairy products make Acne worse?

No: No, acne is not related to your diet. Milk and other foods should not affect your skin. ...Read more

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Does scratching eczema make it worse?

Does scratching eczema make it worse?

Eczema: But eczema can be a nuisance that may prompt scratching that can only make the problem worse. Scratching can irritate the skin even more and lead to secondary infections. Treatment is with creams like cerave, topical prescription cortisone or Elidel (pimecrolimus) or protopic. ...Read more

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Why does stress/anxiety make pain worse?

Why does stress/anxiety make pain worse?

Muscle tension . . .: Pain is perceived and interpreted by the brain. When one feels anxious or worried, one may tense muscles that worsen the pain. In addition, in an anxious state one might focus excessively on the pain and avoid activities that might decrease how much pain is noticed. Carly Simon's 1974 song, "Haven't Got Time For the Pain" comes to mind. ...Read more

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Does stress make meniere's symptoms worse? 

Does stress make meniere's symptoms worse? 

Meniere's syndrome: Yes, stress and other factors can make meniere's worse. A good ENT can help. Janet callahan at mgh in boston is an expert in treating this. ...Read more

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Does stress cause acne?

Does stress cause acne?

Acne and Stress: Absolutely! stress changes your hormone levels. Zits, goobers, zingers, honkers, screamers, and splashers can all be due to, or aggravated by, stress. Stay cool! ...Read more

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Could stress cause acne?

Could stress cause acne?

Yes: Yes there is a strong correlationj between stress and acne. Emotional stress increases many hormones particularly testosterone which accelerates sebum(oil) production in the skin which can leead to blocked pores and acne. Physical stress or exertion also can increase these hormones but also accelerates sweat production which can sometimes aggravate acne eruptions. ...Read more

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Does stress cause acne?

Does stress cause acne?

Stress acne: The cause of acne is clogged pores due to sebum, dead cells, and bacteria. But stress can aggregate the condition due to increased release of chemicals such as adrenaline and testosterone. So in addition to practicing good skin hygiene, releaving stress is also beneficial for the complexion of your life in general. ...Read more

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Can stress cause acne in you?

Can stress cause acne in you?

Can make worse.: Stress does not cause acne, but it can exacerbate the hormonal spikes that do cause acne flares. ...Read more

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What can be used against stress acne?

Acne: The easy answer is don't stress! not so easy. Using a daily cream or gel to prevent all acne may be the best approach to avoid the stress flares. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Could stress be causing my acne?

Could stress be causing my acne?

Stress is good: Basically. Only "dis-tress" -- when you're in a situation in which you're helpless -- is suspected of being linked to disease, and even this is cheap and largely subscientific. Get your acne treated -- if topical benzoyl peroxide has failed, your physician can give you rx-strength meds. If you're in an abusive situation, get out by whatever means. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can be used against stress related acne?

What can be used against stress related acne?

Stress and acne: Yes stress can cause acne and even worsen it. Find ways to reduce stress in your life. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my increased level of stress is causing more acne?

Is it possible that my increased level of stress is causing more acne?

Yes: Stress causes the release of stress hormones including cortisol which could have an impact on your skin. In general, excess stress makes any and all medical conditions worse. Try to minimize the stressors in your internal and external environment. ...Read more

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I have localized acne on my cheeks and its recurrent, what can I do to treat it if caused by stress?

I have localized acne on my cheeks and its recurrent, what can I do to treat it if caused by stress?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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I'm quite stress of this acne problem.. what kind food that I should avoid? What should I do? Help me

I'm quite stress of this acne problem.. what kind food that I should avoid?  What should I do?  Help me

Acne: Food does not affect your acne. Your hormones, skin exfoliation , and bacteria does. If you have tried the over the counter acne medications a doctor could help you with prescription medications. ...Read more

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Can stress cause and acne breakout?

Not by itself: Stress is good when it pushes you to do things that are good for you and others, bad only when you're helpless or don't know how to cope. Serum cortisol, your best stress hormone, has a slight tendency to worsen acne. Instead of trying a pseudoscientific "stress-reliever" protocol, you owe it to yourself to get 21st century treatment for your acne. Being a young adult is stressful enough! ...Read more

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How do I get rid of stress acne?

How do I get rid of stress acne?

Scientific Rx: Acne is a chronic disease that flares -- stress or no. I was able to stop taking rx when i was 50. In the meantime, topical benzoyl peroxide is your first treatment. If this fails, your personal physician can add topical clindamycin, topical tretinoin, a systemic antibiotic, or one of the big guns. Manage the disease until it remits -- you owe it to yourself. ...Read more

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The ways to prevent acne grow and the food should I eat and how to release stress

The ways to prevent acne grow and the food should I eat and how to release stress

Stress: Hans selye distinguished good and bad stress. Good stress makes you want to do things and be productive. Bad stress cripples you. I've been trapped in terrible life situations, and escaped by learning new skills -- this is key to your life getting better, and most other folks' as well. Look outward rather than inward, trust the universe's wisdom if you can, and be brave and smart. Good luck. ...Read more

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War on acne! ruled out environment and diet, working on stress. How can I heal my skin from the inside out?

War on acne! ruled out environment and diet, working on stress. How can I heal my skin from the inside out?

All is fair in...: ... Love and war. Somebody has done you a terrible disservice. It is not a diet, stress, environment, or emotionally-based disease. There is nothing "spiritual" about believing untruths. If you really want to be rid of your acne -- a chronic, serious, primarily genetic disease -- you'll get evidence-based treatment in cooperation with a competent, reality-focused physician. ...Read more

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Recently i've been stressing a lot and I have developed acne. This is the first time this happens to me and now I have a few scars. Help?

Recently i've been stressing a lot and I have developed acne. This is the first time this happens to me and now I have a few scars. Help?

See a dermatologist: What kind of help are you looking for? Here we can only answer questions. But what you need is to see a dermatologist to evaluate your skin and prescribe the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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