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Discover the Connection: How Stress Affects Skin Health

Discover How Stress Affects Skin Health

In today's fast-paced world, stress has become an all too familiar companion. We face stress in our daily lives and small amounts of stress can be beneficial to us. However, chronic stress or over-stress can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health — and that includes our skin health.

The good news is that managing stress effectively can lead to healthier skin and a radiant complexion. We explore how stress affects your skin health and share tips on how to manage your stress so you keep looking great.

What stress can do to your skin

In times of stress, your body enters the ‘fight or flight’ and hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are released in your bloodstream. While this helps you cope better with the source of your stress, it can hurt your skin health.

The negative effects of stress include:

  • Increased oil production: Cortisol can increase oil production in your skin and your face. This leads to clogged pores, increasing the occurrence of acne.

  • Impaired skin barrier function: Your skin barrier can be impaired with higher levels of cortisol in your body. This makes you more vulnerable to sources of irritation, leading to outbreaks.

  • Inflammation: Stress can trigger inflammation in your body, which worsens skin conditions such as eczema.

If you’re in a constant heightened state of stress, you may thus experience acne break-outs happening more frequently as well as flare-ups of any existing skin conditions you have.

Tips to manage stress for your skin

You can protect your skin health by learning effective ways to cope with stress. Coping productively with stress also helps to boost your mental health, so that you’ll continue to look great and feel great.

  • Focus on your breathing: Deep breathing exercises can help to calm your mind and lower your stress levels. A simple breathing exercise you can do is the 4-7-8 method. Breathe in for 4 counts, hold your breath for 7, and breathe out slowly for 8. Try repeating this a couple of times, until you feel better.

  • Set aside time for self-care: Stress may result from busy schedules and never-ending days. As much as possible, carve out some time every day for yourself to do something relaxing. It can be reading a book or going on a long walk. What’s key is to give yourself some time to unwind.

  • Find an exercise you love: When you exercise, your body releases a chemical called endorphins, which can help to boost your mood. It’s much easier to get moving when you find an exercise you enjoy, so try out different types of fitness activities until you find something that clicks for you. Better yet, grab a friend to exercise with for double the fun.

  • Prioritize quality sleep: On top of many other health benefits, sleep is essential in mood regulation and maintaining skin health. Ideally, you should get at least 7 – 8 hours of quality sleep every night. One way to improve your sleep quality is to have a consistent sleep routine, which includes sleeping and waking at the same time every day.

  • Practice skincare rituals: Create a skincare routine that suits your skin type and incorporates gentle cleansing, moisturizing, and protection from the sun. Pamper yourself with facials, face masks, or other treatments to nourish your skin and promote relaxation.

Remember, if stress persists and starts to significantly impact your skin health, seeking professional help is crucial. Consider consulting a dermatologist and/or mental health expert to manage stress effectively, ensuring both your skin and well-being are taken care of.

Take charge of your stress levels today and unlock the secret to healthier skin. See a doctor online through the Doctor Anywhere app. It’s free to download on Google Play Store and App Store! Your mind and body will thank you, and your skin will radiate with a newfound glow!

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