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With so many things happening these days, both on a personal and global level (dealing with a pandemic), stress has its way of creeping in into our lives. It’s unavoidable. What’s worse is that it is most likely to appear on your skin.
The good news is that you can watch out for signs your skin is distressed and what you can do to deal with it.
Here are a few signs to watch out for and ways to get back your healthy glowing skin:
Irritation or Redness
Stress could often manifest on the skin as rashes. This could mean hives or major redness, especially on the face.
Stress tends to trigger a “fight or flight” response that causes stress hormones to be released in the bloodstream. When this happens, there’s an increase in blood flow to the face.
If you feel like your skin is starting to show signs of redness, try to keep calm. Cut off caffeine in your systems as caffeine tends to stimulate your brain, allowing you to overthink more. Indulge in some self-care time – like running a warm bath, drinking your favorite tea while listening to some relaxing music.
Due to the chemical imbalance in your body caused by stress, acne may suddenly appear – and may even cause you more stress.
When stressed, our cells produce sebum, an oily substance that mixes with dead skins cells and bacteria that clogs the hair follicles causing pimples.
Washing your face may not be enough remedy. To avoid acne, try getting some fresh air everyday. Make it a habit to go outside even for a little while each day, relax your mind and just focus on the thing right in front of you and let go of things that have been bothering you.
Dryness or Dehydration
According to Peter Elias, MD, a professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, chronic stress increases cortisol – a hormone that decreases the skin’s ability to retain water.
When you feel the stress creeping up on you, it’s time to rehydrate as this will also be good for your skin. By rehydrating, we mean not only take water, but nourishing your skin with omega fatty acids and filling your diet with foods like almonds, salmon, and avocados (healthy fats!).
Stress tends to remove the “glow” in our skin when we’re stressed. Skin tends to become dull and lifeless.
To avoid this, exfoliate regularly. This helps remove dead skin cells, allowing for new cells to take place making your skin look hydrated and fresh.
To lessen stress, you can also talk to a friend or family member about what’s causing it. Stress can sometimes make you feel like you’re battling everything alone, but talking to someone can help lessen the burden. It’s good to know you’re not alone.
Stress can make one feel uneasy and it can somehow show on the skin. It’s part of life and it’s unavoidable but there are ways to keep stress in check. Knowing how to handle stress can help the skin look healthy and fresh.