Stress affects many systems of the body, but today let's look at how stress specifically affects your skin.
Oiliness - When a person is stressed, cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, increases. This causes skin to produce more oil.
Dehydration - Stress also causes dehydration, or lack of water in he skin. When your heart rate and breathing rate are increased, you lose more fluid. Being dehydrated further raises cortisol levels.
This starts a chain reaction, where skin's barrier function (a protective function) is compromised, leading to more dehydration, increased cortisol and so on.
Acne - Dehydration also prevents the enzymes in the skin from doing their job of naturally exfoliating skin. The condition that results is called excess keratinization. The combination of excessively oily skin and excess keratinization causes acne.
Wrinkles and sagging - Extra cortisol depletes B and C vitamin stores. Vitamin C is required for collagen formation and B vitamins support cellular oxygenation and circulation. These are prime factors in wrinkles and sagging of the skin.
Eczema - Stress makes it more difficult for skin to protect itself and heal because it reduces the barrier function of the skin, resulting in water loss and an inability to repair damage after injury.
Rosacea - Stress increases blood flow, which over the long term, leads to rosacea, because the capillaries are inflamed and can be further exacerbated by oiliness or dehydration or both.
Hyper-Pigmentation - Stress causes hormonal imbalances which is a leading cause of some types of hyper pigmentation, such as melasma. Additionally, stress depletes vitamins and antioxidants in skin, causing a reduction in natural UV protection (yes, you should have some natural protection, but that's another story!). Improper protection from the UV rays can cause hyper pigmentation as well. In both these types of hyper pigmentation, you will generally not see the results immediately, but the problem becomes worse as skin thins with use of popular exfoliants and from aging.
The skin is the body's largest organ and is the first line of defense from all sorts of environmental toxins—from UV radiation to pollutants. Keeping skin healthy is critical to maintaining overall health.
This is one of the reasons why Calm Facials include lots of massage and are generally an hour long. Identifying stress and addressing it is part of my job. Since I can't see you all the time, stress management is your job as well - not just for your skin, but for your overall health and well-being.
Questions about your skin and how Calm Facials can help? Contact me anytime at 917-596-9535 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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