Stress is incredibly common and we all deal with stress at some point or another. Unfortunately, stress has a significant impact on many aspects of your life and your skin is no exception. It releases actual chemicals that have many physical effects. Not only can stress cause problems with your skin, but it also aggravates existing skin conditions.
Stress releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol causes fat accumulation and directly affects the skin. It can reduce circulation, as well as result in issues with the skin. It can cause the skin to become dry, oily, wrinkled, or breakout.
Furthermore, stress can cause you to overlook your skincare routine. You may skip your regular washing or product use. You may also touch your face more often than you otherwise might. Either of these behaviors can cause more issues with your skin!
Limiting These Problems
There are several ways you can limit how stress affects your skin. Getting adequate sleep can significantly help your skin be healthier. Sleep limits cortisol production and allows your skin to repair itself overnight. Regular exercise also helps boost your circulation and prevent skin problems from occurring.
Even if you are feeling particularly stressed, you can’t skip out on your skincare routine. Your skin is used to a certain level of care and it will certainly react when this routine isn’t consistent. Stress management techniques can also help reduce the impact of stress on your life. Practicing yoga, meditation, and seeking professional therapy can all help you manage your stress levels.
Stress can significantly impact your skin and your life. Stress management can help prevent these problems from occurring and there are many other options to minimize damage caused by stress. Take care of your skin and yourself. To get help with other skin conditions, contact us at Allen-Taintor Dermatology today!