3 Ways to Prevent Stress Breakouts at University

toner-906142_1280By Jade Taylorson – Online Comment Editor

After a relaxing summer break, Fresher’s week is finally here with open arms; full of alcohol, late nights and famous 1* food hygiene rated takeaways. But, among all the fun, there’s the dreaded reality of having to meet new people, make new friends and get used to your new surroundings.

There’s a lot going on and, unfortunately, with stress comes spots. The last thing you need is a pimple to pick at throughout this chaotic time. So, here are a few tips and tricks to keep your skin smooth and prevent unexpected breakouts during the stressful times of university:


We’ve all heard of beauty sleep, but believe it or not, there’s actually some truth behind it. When you haven’t had enough sleep, your body produces a stress hormone called Cortisol, causing inflammatory skin conditions such as acne. While you’re sleeping, your body hydration rebalances and skin is able to become moisturized and regain natural beauty. Turns out Sleeping Beauty knew exactly what she was doing.

Keep hydrated

Believe it or not, something as simple as drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin flawless all year long. Staying hydrated promotes skin circulation at its base so that skin repair doesn’t decrease. Water can be accessed easily pretty much anywhere you go, whether you buy a bottle in the shop or carry one with you to top up throughout the day. It’s easy-peasy.

Lotions and Potions.

St Ives Apricot Scrub is the face wash sent from the heavens. With salicylic acid and 100% natural exfoliants, this scrub “effectively lifts away surface oils and dirt that can lead to black heads and blemishes.” It also leaves your skin glowing and feeling silky smooth. It may be a little expensive on a student budget, but it’s long lasting and worth every penny.

This scrub is closely followed by Sudocrem, believe it or not. Forget the nappy rash thoughts in your mind, this little tub of goodness is a life saver when it comes to acne. If you have a spot that just won’t budge, Sudocrem will be your saviour. Just apply a small amount before you go to bed and I can guarantee when you wake up the redness will be gone and it will have dramatically reduced in size. It’s also quite cheap compared to other treatments and it lasts forever.

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