How Sleep Affects Your Acne
We’re expected to work or go to school 8 hours a day, eat healthily, exercise daily, have a personal life, and still get 8 hours a sleep a night?? It may feel like the cards are stacked against you, and dealing with acne and breakouts is just another layer of complication in your already busy and stressful life. In an effort to get everything done, we often find ourselves cutting corners where we can, our sleep being something we feel we can give up in an effort to get that paper done or fit in one last all-nighter before finals. But at what cost to our skin?
Could your lack of sleep be causing your acne?
While it’s more than likely that lack of sleep isn’t the only reason you’re breaking out, it could be contributing to the severity of your acne or hindering you in the process of getting clear.
Why You Need Your “Beauty Sleep”
“Beauty Sleep” may not be as far from the truth as we’ve been led to believe – just in a different context. When it comes to the health of your skin, sleep is a factor. When you sleep, your skin is going through a healing process. During this process, cell division rates increase while cortisol levels decrease. When we deprive our body of this sleep, our body secretes more of the cortisol hormone, causing inflammation in the skin. What does inflammation cause? Often, inflammation brings on increased flare-ups of skin conditions like acne and eczema. Your quality of sleep also has an effect on the amount of this hormone that is released, so a night of tossing and turning is far more likely to result in a break out here or there versus an undisrupted 7 to 8 hours of rest. But it’s not all negative. A good night of sleep is also proven to improve the quality of your skin! The melatonin we release while we sleep is a natural antioxidant and works to repair our skin cells from damage.
What Can You Do
Let’s start with the obvious – get more sleep! Increase stress on your body can wreak havoc on how your body functions, including your skin. Hydration through the night will help your skin repair itself, so never forget to moisturize. While our skin is being repaired overnight, we’re more susceptible to transepidermal water loss (TEWL), meaning our skin is losing moisture hour by hour. Remember to complete your skin routine each night, at least 15 minutes before bed, finishing with moisturizing ingredients to lock in that hydration for your next 8 hours of sleep.
Finish every day with Acne Intelligence. Your skin transforms overnight, but only if you take care of it. Getting more sleep is not likely to resolve your skin issues, but an effective skincare routine paired with a consistent sleeping routine will put you on the path to getting clear.
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