6 ways to tame stressed out skin

Woman experiencing stress

My skin is bad because I’m stressed and I’m stressed because my skin is bad.


If you thought you left your skin problems behind during your teens, think again. Oily patches, red bumps and a speckled hive of black & white heads are on their way to haunt you when life gets you down. Whilst you may think that your skin is the last of your problems when you’re dealing with stress, our outward appearance can often be the icing on the cake when we’re feeling low.

So what can be done to help?

Ditch the soap

I’m not saying you shouldn’t wash your face, but you shouldn’t be using soap to do so. The SLS that causes foam can be extremely damaging to your skin.

You’ll need to hunt down a facewash with less than 20% soap. It won’t foam as much and you’ll be wondering if you’re actually washing your face at all at first. This is because we’re so used to the sensation of bubbles that we associate them with being clean – wrong! It sounds crazy, but the bubbles aren’t what’s actually cleaning you.

Remember there’s no legal definition to words like ‘simple’

Just because it smells like tea tree, it doesn’t mean it’s rammed with natural oils. It’s very easy for products to give the impression that they’re all-natural and good for your skin. This is almost never the case. Sorry to be a total cynic, but you should be reading the labels carefully.

I know that sounds super cliché and I don’t want to be one of those preachy people that gets on their high horse saying ‘do your research’, but it always helps to look around to find the best items for your skin. Try not to impulse buy in your haste to fix the issue, as you may make things worse.

Look online for impartial reviews; this is where fellow beauty bloggers come into their element! You could even ask your doctor for advice if things get really tricky.

Try going back to basics

I love a good facemask, but if you’re working on a budget you could always make your own at home. One of my favourite homemade recipes is the Spinach & Green Tea mask I shared a while back. You can whip one up in minutes with things you’re already likely to have in your fridge.

Drink more water

Honestly, it seems obvious but if you swap your cuppa for a bottle of water you’ll see the benefits in no time. This obviously also comes with some other great benefits such as increased concentration and overall hydration; so why wouldn’t you give it a go?

I’m guilty of lashing down mugs of coffee all day every day, but just one day of making the change and you instantly feel detoxed. Yes, I know detoxing is what your liver does naturally, but it definitely feels as if you’ve purified yourself.

Avoid exfoliators

I see so many people making this mistake and it makes me cringe up. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have sensitive skin in general, if your skin starts playing up under stress the worst thing you can do is irritate it more. That means you need to resist buffing away at all of those red bumps, you’re only making them worse!

Steam your skin to get rid of trapped dirt

If you’ve never put a hot cloth on your face you haven’t lived. It truly is one of life’s little pleasures and you can get some amazing cleansers to go with this treatment. I love Soap & Glory’s No Clogs Allowed. It has a gorgeous subtle scent and doesn’t feel heavy on your skin.

Finish off with a splash of ice cold water to close your pours back up.


The most important thing overall is to take a moment to see what’s causing your stress. Whilst your skin might be your immediate gripe, there’s clearly some underlying issues that need to be addressed. I’ve said many times before, the sooner you start acknowledging your issues, the sooner you can start working to get rid of them.

So if you’re here to ignore the main event – believe me I won’t let you. Now go spruce up your skin and start a little self-reflection!

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  1. Amy Hunt
    February 13, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    I definitely agree with going back to basics, I have a great diet, I workout regularly and just wash with hot water and soap! Done 🙂

  2. February 13, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Great post, my skins been playing up lately so these are really good tips xo

  3. February 14, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    I need to drink more water, that’s one of my biggest things! I need to just get into practice getting into a routine x

  4. February 14, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    When my skin is stressed, I find getting fresh air or doing some exercise is great as it helps to release endorphins to counteract the stress hormone cortisol in your body. Plus hot water and lemon.

  5. February 15, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    “If you’ve never put a hot cloth on your face you haven’t lived.” Gee whizz, you’re brill!

  6. February 19, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    These are great tips! I can be pretty bad for not getting enough water, my skin definitely shows it when I’m not!

  7. May 3, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    I’m going to give all of these tips a try. I can’t believe I’ve never used a hot cloth! Great post 🙂

  8. May 3, 2016 / 11:10 pm

    Never read a beauty post before, but after reading this, I will read more. I would shock you as I use shower gel for everything and never truly feel clean . I might need to follow some of these tips, especially the water, as I drink copious amounts of caffeinated drinks