Skin Under Stress
“50% of my patients are presenting with stress-related skin problems”
– Leslie Baumann, director of cosmetic dermatology at the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute.
I was given an interesting article from Allure magazine about skin issues and stress (which is a huge problem many of us have, including myself). Eighty seven percent of respondents in the allure.com poll said they “notice a difference in their skin when they’re stressed out.”
When under stress, our bodies release adrenaline that elevates the level of a hormone called cortisol in the blood. High cortisol levels also cause the skin to produce inflammatory agents, causing redness. This hormone also tells fat cells to release sugar into the bloodstream for energy. Stress cause our sebaceous glands to produce more oil that bacteria thrive on, leading to clogging and inflammation of a follicle. If only we could stop stress!
Finger nails are dirty, and long nails tear the skin, allowing more bacteria in. Although it feels like such a stress relief to squeeze and pop pimples, it makes acne harder to treat, and increases the chances you will wind up with red or brown marks.
Stick a Post-it note on your mirror, keep your hands busy with a stress ball, and STAY OUT of the magnifying mirror (in fact, throw that thing out!). Being around aesthetician’s all the time has helped me stop touching. They are constantly asking me: are you touching your face? Have a friend ask you.
This time of year is exceptionally stressful. So find something that relaxes you! Yoga, tea, music, reading my blog 🙂 … anything. Enjoy your busy December everyone!