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How does cortisol affect acne formation?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
When the body is under stress, from fear of an approaching perceived physical or emotional danger, it releases a hormone called cortisol. This hormone helps us through whatever situation is at hand, but it does so at a price. Cortisol also leads to suppression of the immune system, which gives Propionibacterium acnes an opportunity to flourish, leading to a flare of inflammatory acne in some people.
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