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Does stress cause pimples? - Claudia Aguirre


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Which came first: the stress or the pimples? The physical reactions to stress can cause major breakouts, which, in turn, can be even more stressful! Claudia Aguirre gives just one more reason to get that stress under control.

Your body has different systems in charge of regulating different processes. The system that controls reactions to stress is called the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Explain the course of events in the HPA axis that ultimately leads to cortisol production starting from the brain. (Video hint: “stress begins in the brain…”)

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