Our nervous system and our skin tissue come from the same tissue when we're developing as embryos. So, it makes sense when we break out and have flare ups because of stress. Oily skin begins to produce more oil, while dry skin begins to show more irritation and possibly flaking. The products made for these skin types almost become obsolete because the stress has increased the difficulty of taking care of your skin.
Here's what you should do. Start a simple cleansing routine because using too many steps may add to your stress. Opt for room-temperature water, wet the face and apply cleanser in a circular motion with your finger tips. Rinse the cleanser with tepid water. Then gently dry face with a towel. Apply moisturizer formulated for your specific skin type especially at night. During the daytime you can use a moisturizer with sunscreen. If you want to spot treat acne, use products designed for those issues featuring chemicals like salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide or retinoids. They work quickly but try to use these products only once or twice a day.
It's important to address the source of your stress first. Even though some stress is caused by uncontrollable circumstances, you can attempt to regain balance. One way of doing this is through exercise. You can also take some time out of your day to meditate for a few minutes or just breathe deeply. If you are aware of excess stress then keep adjusting your skin care regime accordingly. Prevention is better than cure. Once you've figured out how to control stress related flare ups then its easy to maintain a healthier looking complexion.
Peace, Love & Blaze,