First let us define what stress is: a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. So the question that rises most often is how does stress affect our skin? When stress is activated, our adrenal gland dumps cortisol into the bloodstream. The real danger begins when a person is more stressed and their body can not regulate the levels of cortisol in their system. As a result, the body starts showing signs of increased sensitivity, breakouts, itchiness, and in some extreme cases, stretchmarks.
Stress is one of the body's biggest enemies. Cases of extremely dry or oily skin, acne, rosacea, signs of aging, psoriasis, herpes, eczema, allergies or even a combination of any two or more of these conditions, stress will find a way to make them worse. This can end up as a never-ending battle.
Now I know what you are thinking, is there any way for me to win this battle? The good news is yes you can. Most importantly, you are going to treat the skin condition itself first. Tips for treating ailments such as acne and rosacea, for example, can be found in my some of my other articles. Next and as equally importantly, is to break the daily vicious cycle of inflating stress on ourselves.
Although that sounds easier said than done, it can be accomplished. Everyone deals with stress in different ways. Many people tend to respond better with a quiet approach, such as stretching, deep breathing, massages, reading or creative hobbies. While others lean toward a more aggressive approach, such as sports, cardio workouts or dancing. Regardless of which approach you prefer, putting your 'stress buster' into commission for at least three times a day at ten minute intervals is recommended. When your stress level is higher, then try fitting in a thirty minute continuous session.
Once you find out the approach that works best, you are headed in the right direction. Understanding that the stress in our lives will never go away, knowing how well we respond to it will mark the difference between a healthy lifestyle versus an illness driven one. Turning frustration into contentment is essential.
When it comes to skin problems knowing how to deal with stress will leave your skin healthy and glowing. Keep in mind that this is not going to resolve itself overnight, but by taking these first steps will get you on the right path.