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The Impact of Stress on Your Skin

The Impact of Stress on Your Skin

If you have noticed a spot pop up before a big event or your eczema flaring up during a stressful time then you are not alone. Stress can be a main trigger for the development and worsening of skin conditions and I’m going to fill you in on why this is and how to protect your skin.

How Does Stress Affect the Skin?

Skin like all organs is prone to changes, whether these are environmental, physical or psychological. The psychological change is so influential that it actually has its own category in the medical industry; Psychodermatology.

In Psychodermatology, we look at how mental distress can have an impact on your skin. It also allows us to determine certain patterns as well as distinguish which bodily processes are involved in these changes. There are lots of skin conditions that have been linked with stress, including Rosacea, Psoriasis, rashes, allergies, cold sores, Vitiligo and hair loss, among many others.

Stress and skin conditions can be a vicious cycle; Many patients often find themselves making their stress levels higher due to be being stressed about their skin. This is why it is essential that you get in a habit of dealing with stress, noticing its signs and finding mechanisims to help yourself.

Exposure to long periods of low-level stress can also exacerbate existing skin conditions – Dr. Nina Roos, Vichy

Stress and Spots

One of the most common stress related conditions is worsening of acne and blemishes. This has been linked to overproduction of Cortisol, which is our main stress hormone.

During stressful periods, our body starts to produce Cortisol, which works on the Testosterone pathway. Both of these hormones have been linked to increasing the production of sebum; which as a result has an influence on development of acne.

Stress and Eczema

Another skin condition which has been linked to stress is Eczema. Dermatologists have listed stress as one of the main triggers for worsening and flare ups associated with Eczema for years.

These flare ups are a result of your body becoming inflamed in order to deal with stress. Although this pathway is seen in all individuals, those who suffer from Eczema will see the effects almost twice as badly. This makes it all the more important to find strategies to deal with stress.

How to Deal with Stress

  1. Get Enough Sleep

    This is often easier said than done, especially when you are stressed, have close deadlines or exams but scheduling in some rest can not only help you lower your stress levels but also improve your concentration and energy levels to make you more productive.

    Scented candles, sleeping sprays and relaxing music can all help with improving your sleep. Allow your sleeping environment to be as calm as possible.

    For those who are really struggling with this should speak to their doctor or pharmacist, as sleeping aids can be prescribed for short term use.

  2. Learn to Relax

    This is again something which is hard to do when you are stressed but adapt some relaxing techniques which work for you.

    You can look into exercises like yoga and breathing control, try reading a book or even booking in for a massage. Try different relaxation methods and find one that not only helps you relax but that you also enjoy.

    Once you find one that works for you, incorporate it in to your daily lifestyle.

  3. Exercise Often

    Exercise is the perfect antidote for stress as it produces endorphins that help to elevate your mood and are natural painkillers.

    It also helps to reduce inflammation and Cortisol levels in your body, which have a direct influence on stress.

    Exercise does not need to be vigorous, even a gentle walk can help have the same effect. Try to get out of the office and stretch your legs every day.

  4. Talk About it

    Getting your feelings out can help a great deal. This can be to your best friend, your family or even a therapist.

    Many studies have found that speaking out your emotions and feelings allow you to think more clearly and this can help you see another point of view to help deal with your problems.

    If you don’t want to speak with another person, you can try writing it down on a piece of paper as this also helps to get all your feelings out.

  5. Up your Skincare Regime

    Lack of sleep, high stress and crazy work patterns can push you away from your skincare routine. Try not to give in to this and make sure you are on top of your skincare.

    Remember to cleanse and moisturise at least twice a day and look for the changes in your skin and deal with them accordingly.

    If you are getting blemishes then introduce a spot healing treatment and if you are finding your skin getting dehydrated then introduce hydrating and moisturising masks.

    The Vichy Idéalia Peeling is the perfect antidote to stressed out skin as it removes the cells that could cause congestion and allows you to wake up with a renewed complexion.



Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!