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The Effects Of Stress On Our Skin

Stress can take a toll on your skin, leading to various skin problems. When you're feeling stressed, your body releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which are meant for you to cope in an emergency. Whilst this response is helpful in short bursts, prolonged stress can harm your skin health.

  • Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Adrenaline restricts blood vessels, reducing the supply of oxygen and nutrients to your skin and decreasing collagen production. Additionally, cortisol breaks down collagen, resulting in sagging skin, fine lines, and the dreaded wrinkles.

  • Acne: Stress hormones, primarily cortisol, can increase the skin's oil production, causing clogged pores and acne breakouts. Inflammation and a weakened immune system due to stress can also contribute to acne.

  • Rosacea: Stress-induced inflammation can trigger rosacea, a skin condition characterized by redness, flushing, vascular damage, and sometimes small red pimples, leading to more frequent flare-ups.

  • Rashes: Stress weakens the immune system, making your body more vulnerable to bacteria and allergy reactions. Cortisol's release of histamine can cause skin redness, itching, and rashes like eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis.

  • Slow Wound Healing: Cortisol slows down the production of lipids that form the skin barrier, making your skin more sensitive and reducing the cell growth healing process.

  • Dry Skin: Stress can dehydrate your skin by reducing Hyaluronic Acid production and weakening the skin barrier, leading to dryness and flaking.

  • Dark Circles & Puffiness: Stress diverts blood from the face to vital organs, making blood vessels under the eyes more visible and causing fluid accumulation, resulting in dark circles and puffiness. To safeguard your skin from stress-induced issues, effective stress management is crucial. Here are a few tips from The Facial Specialist

  1. Spend more time in nature

  2. Sleep 8 hours a night

  3. Exercise

  4. Meditate

  5. Eat a healthy diet

  6. Stay hydrated

By combining professional skincare with stress management, you can nurture your skin's health and radiance, empowering you to face life's challenges confidently.

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