Is there a connection between Sleep and Acne!
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Acne Remedies Date Posted: December 8th, 2011 Comments: 5
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Sleep is as important as air and food for every living being. Loss of sleep generally leads to various health problems including acne. Read on to learn about the connection between sleep and acne. The proper amount of sleep can help you get rid of acne.

Sleep is vital. It regulates body functions and builds up immunity power to resist diseases. All medicinal systems state that chronic sleep loss can contribute to most of the health problems such as high blood pressure, decrease in the power of immune system, change in hormone flow and collapse of the whole health system.

Loss of sleep can be seen reflected on face. Lack of proper sleep suppresses the immune system which leads to skin-related problems, such as rashes and acne on the face. Sleep deprivation can indeed aggravate acne and leave permanent scars on your face.

Loss of sleep causes acne by inflammation

Loss of sleep directly causes acne through inflammation. Latest studies have revealed that lack of sleep can increase the pro-inflammatory cytokines in the blood and cause inflammation. When they are increased in blood the inflammatory condition of the body worsens.

It is really true that loss of sleep, even for a single night, increases inflammation and autoimmune disorders. This inflammation is a reason for acne on skin. If you want to get rid of acne, you must get more sleep.

Deprivation of sleep causes insulin resistance which leads to acne

Another serious consequence of deprivation of sleep that causes acne is insulin resistance. This condition makes it more difficult for the body cells to take in glucose.

Do you know that just one night of short sleep duration can induce insulin resistance and affect metabolic regulation? Studies have proved that reduction in sleep duration results in impaired glucose tolerance. When glucose is not used up by cells it stagnates and become a feeding area for bacteria and causes acne.

Lack of sleep influences hormone flow which cause acne

Hormones regulate all the systems in the body. Sleeplessness affects hormone flow which regulates glucose metabolism. This causes various diseases including acne.

People who suffer from eating disorders due to lack of sleep also suffer from acne. Deprivation of sleep affects hormones that induce hunger and regulate appetite. Thus eating disorder also affects skin condition leading to acne growth.

Loss of sleep, causes stress and fatigue which induces acne

Sleep deprivation enhances activity on the Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis which controls growth hormones and stress hormones. Stress hormones affect skin layers and cause acne. When the body is stressed and depressed it creates toxins throughout the body.

Sleep is indeed a natural healer. It relaxes and refreshes both body and mind. It repairs the systems and heals wherever it is necessary. It calms down the depressed mind and builds up the immunity power.

So to get rid of acne, you know what to do now. Simply stick to proper sleeping routine along with the right diet and proper hygiene to lessen your acne breakouts.


Let the discussion begin!

  • jeanith - May 7, 2012 at 5:06 am - Reply

    my husbAnd is a security guard and im w0rried about him for wasnt able to sleep 8hrs regularly…is there any f0od supplement u can rec0mend for him?

  • Lizzy - June 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    You should try warm milk before you sleep it’s supposed to help you sleep better

    • B-Man - November 27, 2012 at 4:38 am - Reply

      No, milk gives you acne x1000 look it up! Use aloe, facewash, and get lots ‘o sleep. Drink Water, Green tea (leave the sugar out) and oranje juice. take lots of showers day & night and try to do something to get you to sweat so all the gunk gets out then wash your face. if you dont wash after sweating it will look bad.

  • Lizzy - June 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    He should try drinking warm milk before sleeping it’s supposed to help you sleep better

  • stephen - October 27, 2012 at 8:57 am - Reply

    any sources to back up your claims? I dont want to sound rude or anything..just interested!

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