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If you've been following us closely, you would have picked up that our main focus at MULTI is to help you lower your stress! Earlier this year we covered STRESS AND YOUR BODY: BRAIN-SKIN AXISAs stress is the root of many other stressors, one of which being skin issues, we are going to dive a little deeper into this because if you're stressed out, your skin will show it! Studies have shown that both acute and chronic stress can have serious negative effects on your overall skin wellness (Harvard Health, 2021). 

 

STRESS AND ACNE, IN PARTICULAR

It's always been an assumption that stress can cause breakouts. However, in recent studies, psycho-emotional stress was confirmed as a pathogenetic aspect in acne ^1-2. Additionally, studies have shown that psychological stress can alter the immune functions of the skin ^3-4 and barrier function ^5-6.

Many patients have also reported a direct correlation between stress and acne. About 50-80% of people who experience acne notice roughly 2 days between a stressful period and a breakout period (Griesemer RD, 1978). 

 

HOW TO DEAL: STRESS BREAKOUTS 

Acne is one of the most common side effects of stress. To deal with this, ideally we are all able to lower our stress levels. However, if it's too late and you're experiencing a breakout, here's a quick tip on how to deal with your acne!

The MULTI Patch 2.0 is a hydrocolloid pimple patch that ALSO includes postbiotic active ingredients! Are you wondering that all those words even mean? 

 

MULTI PATCH 2.0 TO DESTRESS

Not only does the MULTI Patch 2.0 have impressive ingredients. It also has a smiley face, to put a smile on your face! How fricken cute! Our updated MULTI Patch 2.0 contains two ingredients:

  • Lactobacillus ferment extract which regulates the skin’s bacterial composition at the application site. Lactobacillus ferment extract has previously been shown to inhibit the growth of many different bacteria and fungi, including acne causing bacteria and fungi. 
  • Mint extract which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. And even better, it provides a subtle cooling relief to the site. AND it smells sweet.

 

Time to patch up! Get your MULTI Patch 2.0 here ☻ 

 

 

1. Zouboulis CC, Bohm M. Neuroendocrine regulation of sebocytes -- a pathogenetic link between stress and acne. Exp Dermatol 2004;13:31-5.


2. Chiu A, Chon SY, Kimball AB. The response of skin disease to stress: changes in the severity of acne vulgaris as affected by examination stress. Arch Dermatol 2003;139:897-900.

3. Dhabhar FS. Stress, leukocyte trafficking, and the augmentation of skin immune function. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2003;992:205-17.

4. Dhabhar FS. Psychological stress and immunoprotection versus immunopathology in the skin. ClinDermatol 2013;31:18-30.

5. Garg A, Chren MM, Sands LP, Matsui MS, Marenus KD, Feingold KR, et al. Psychological stress perturbs epidermal permeability barrier homeostasis: implications for the pathogenesis of stress-associated skin disorders. Arch Dermatol 2001;137:53- 9.

6. Altemus M, Rao B, Dhabhar FS, Ding W, Granstein RD. Stress-induced changes in skin barrier function in healthy women. J Invest Dermatol
2001;117:309-17.

Griesemer RD. Emotionally triggered disease in a dermatological practice. Psychiatr Ann 1978;8:49– 56.

 

DISCLAIMER: THIS POST DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AS MEDICAL ADVICE. THIS POST IS NOT MEANT TO TREAT, CURE, PREVENT, OR DIAGNOSE CONDITIONS OR DISEASES; AND IS MEANT FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. AS ALWAYS, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE TRYING ANY NEW TREATMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS.

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