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Stop Stress Ruining Your Skin

1st November 2014

Everyone feels stress at some point in time due to pressures at work, relationship complications, and life events beyond our control. But stress can not only affect your mood, it can also cause physical side-effects including (but not limited to) dermatological issues.

Effect on Your Skin

If you already suffer from skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema or rosacea; then we're sure you're aware that they can be exacerbated by stress and cause unpleasant flare-ups. For those of us that are lucky enough not to experience the more serious skin conditions, it doesn't mean that we're exempt from irritation. Stress can cause hives, rashes and fever blisters on even the clearest of skin.

Stress also leads to premature ageing. It dehydrates the skin, causing a loss of elasticity that can lead to wrinkles and dark under-eye circles. The hormone cortisol, which is secreted during times of high stress, also slows the production of skin cells and depletes collagen which in turn can leave skin looking dull and lifeless.

Is All Stress Bad?

Contrary to popular belief, not all stress is bad for you. Stress isn't inherently harmful, but when we allow ourselves to think it is, our body reacts can react negatively, like constricted blood vessels and elevated heart rate.

However, if we change our perception and think of stress as a source of motivation instead, we can keep these symptoms in check and prevent them getting to a harmful level.

Ways to Minimize Stress

To minimize the effect that stress has on your skin, it's important to counteract it by staying healthy. Stay active to create a healthy blood and oxygen flow, get plenty of sleep, and stay hydrated to replenish the fluid lost from skin cells during the day.

Most importantly, don't forget to take care of your skin by properly cleaning and pampering it. We will never be able to stave off all the visible signs of stress on our skin so it's important to know what you can do about it. As each person is different, the first step should always be to book a consultation with a trained dermatologist to determine which treatment is best for your skin.

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