Cortisol is a hormone created by the body to help break down proteins. Usually cortisol levels rise when people have acne to help guard against inflammation and remove excess protein from the skin. This may help explain why some persons get depressed while having acne since cortisol does affect mood.

Corticosteroids are often times prescribed or given in the form of a shot to reduce acne formations.

However, abuse of corticosteroids can disrupt the endocrine system’s natural regulation of cortisol. In short, just as with antibodies and other strong medications, attempting to cancel out the message of acne is not beneficial. We must respond to acne’s message.

Otherwise one will cause himself more harm than good and miss the numerous benefits that arise from listening to and working in harmony with your body.