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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!

Don’t Pick!

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!

Laura Kimberley

Laura is a Registered Nurse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts specializing in non-invasive and minimal invasive aesthetic and anti-aging techniques. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Laura has worked at Children's Hospital of Boston in Cardiac Intensive Care and Cardiac Critical Care, holding many certifications within the field. In 2009, she left to pursue her passion for aesthetics. Laura is a Certified Advanced Cosmetic Injector by American Aesthetics Institute and a Member of the American Medical Aesthetic Professionals. She is an accomplished writer and speaker on aesthetics and anti-aging technology. Passionate about teaching, Laura spent a year as an instructor of Basic Botox and Filler courses. She works with many different organizations and volunteer groups focused on women’s health and women in business. Laura also does nonprofit work with patients suffering from lipoatrophy. Her objective is to provide multifaceted techniques to help people achieve individual beauty goals.

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