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When we think of the physical effects that a lack of sleep might have on our appearance, most people immediately think of puffy eyes, dark circles under the eye, or a sallow complexion. What many don’t realize is the relationship between a lack of sleep and the health of our skin, including the potential impact on the condition of acne. By avoiding our internal clock and our body’s natural circadian rhythm, we create a condition far more complicated than we may realize.
Getting the proper amount of quality sleep is just as important to our bodies as food, water and oxygen. Staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, and cleansing the skin of any dirt or makeup before going to bed are all essential aspects in keeping our skin healthy and looking its best. This is especially important for those who are acne-prone.
Not only is an adequate amount of sleep important, but the quality of sleep is equally important in order to maintain normal functioning of our bodies and our mind. Our physical health and brain activity are optimized and recharged and our body repairs itself while we are slumbering soundly. The physical restoration we experience every night is needed in order to maintain manageable stress levels. This has a significant impact on the appearance of our skin as stress elevates the level of specific hormones, including adrenaline and noradrenaline. Both of these hormones belong to the cortisol family, which works along the pathway of testosterone. This can lead to an excess production of sebum, the oily substance that travels along the hair follicle. While healthy sebum production is an essential function of the skin as an organ, overproduction can lead to clogged pores. A drop in blood sugar, which is also maintained by cortisol, leads to slow cell turnover and can aggravate the symptoms and appearance of acne in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples.
Even when using topical acne treatments, not getting enough sleep can sabotage your efforts to clear breakouts and can eventually exacerbate your acne condition. The TRUE causes of acne are INTERNAL, and will be amplified by external factors
In addition to achieving stellar skin, the benefits of sleep can be celebrated in almost every aspect of life. Not only does a good night’s rest result in lower stress levels, sleep has also been linked with these benefits as well:
If you find yourself having trouble getting a full night’s sleep, try building a routine with these simple tips.
Pairing a good night’s sleep and your topical solution of choice with AcnEase®, a systemic treatment, is your best bet to achieve and maintain clear, healthy skin. Targeting the problem where it starts, AcnEase® acts as a buffer between the hormones and the sebaceous glands so that sebum production can return to normal levels. AcnEase® is an all-botanical non-GMO ingredient-based formula and you don’t have to worry about side effects due to harsh chemicals, phyto-estrogens, stimulants or animal derived products. AcnEase® is safe and effective for use by anyone, including teens or adults, males or females, and even pregnant or nursing mothers. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to take the skincare plunge and try AcnEase® as your answer to acne-free skin. We guarantee the results.
We want to hear from you! Do you notice how a lack of sleep affects your skin? What are your tips and tricks for getting a good night’s sleep? Tell us in the comments below!