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Your Stress and Your Skin: Emotional Toll Acne Can Take

Facial Aesthetic Center - Monday, August 31, 2015

When you are stressed, you’re not the only one that can feel it. Your family, friends, co-workers and even your pets can tell. But what if I told you there was one more party being affected that you might not have thought about it? I’m talking about your skin.

Whether your stress is from work, family, money or just the usual back to school chaos, stress quite literally takes over your body. It causes a chemical reaction that makes skin more sensitive and causes it to react more. Along with that, it can make it harder for already occurring skin problems to heal. 

Don’t believe me? Think back to the last time you were really stressed and think about how your skin handled it. Most likely your skin reacted the same as most and you experienced several break outs, more oil than usual or some redness/irritation. This is due to your body producing more cortisol along with other hormones. These hormones tell your sebaceous glands to produce more oil leaving your skin more prone to acne and other skin problems. 

Stress can also worsen already existent skin problems like psoriasis, rosacea and eczema. It can also cause hives, other skin rashes and the ever-dreaded fever-blisters! If your skin problems don’t seem to be healing or keeps coming back, take a second to reflect on how you are handling your stress and rethink your coping mechanisms. Or better yet let us take care of it and schedule an appointment with us for one of our revitalizing and healing facials.

5 Tips to Reduce the Effects of Stress on Your Skin:

1. Don’t neglect your skin. Even if you’re tired or super busy, take care of your skin.

2. Get regular exercise. It’s good for your skin and helps your pores clean out the buildup of oil. Just make sure to always wash your face after your run or workout.

3. Get enough sleep, seven to eight hours each night is ideal.

4. Say no. It’s ok to set limits and boundaries to lower your stress.

5. De-stress. Take time for yourself and do something you enjoy.


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