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When You Can Feel a Pimple Forming…..

I’m writing about this fun phenomena, because I just experienced it last night, and am now seeing the result of this funny little pain that occurs on my face when I can feel a pimple forming on it. I swear, when I feel those cortisol (stress) hormones elevate in my body, my heart rate accelerate and my breathing become shallow when I’m under a lot of stress, I can almost feel a new hormonally fueled pimple forming under my skin.

That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday when I was totally stressed out about these wedding reception invitations we had to send out. I was getting hit from all angles, with people calling me to add on new invitees, my husband (we got married a few short months ago, we’re having a reception later, it’s kind of out of order, I know!), not knowing if he got everyone and unable to provide me with the addresses I needed, and trying to figure out how many more I needed to print out, because yes, we saved tons of money by printing them ourselves, but let me tell you, that was a lot of additional work!

So, as I was feeling my heart rate go up and my breath get short, I could also feel a slight throbbing on my chin, right under the left side of my bottom lip. I swear, I could feel a zit forming on my chin! And sure enough, within a few hours, I felt there and had a hard bump, but it was still too far under the surface to show any color, it was just a bump. Then, when I woke up this morning, of course it must have come to the surface enough and it was reddish in color, and misshapen, a bump in other words, or a swollen area, but more localized than it was last night.

I’m sure that if you’ve been struggling with acne for a while, as I have, you have experienced this. Cortisol, which is the hormone that is released in abundance by our bodies when we are under a lot of stress or are in sticky situations, is actually a huge hormone disrupter. It can cause your androgens, which are the male hormones in your body, to go haywire, which in turn lends itself to acne. In fact, hormone imbalance is a huge reason for acne prone skin.

But that’s not all cortisol is responsible, or at least partially responsible for. It has also been linked to obesity, so it is best to keep cortisol levels under as tight control as possible for your life, which means you need to minimize stress levels. In the end, it’s good for your weight and good for your skin.

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February 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm
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  • September 1, 2011 at 12:55 pmJamie

    This happens to me sometimes .. the stress induced ones are most painful

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