Preventing Stress-Related Skin Problems
In our modern age, stress is unavoidable, and it takes its toll on everything from our mental state to our relationships, work performance, diet, and appearance. Perhaps you’ve experienced an acne breakout or a strange rash when you’re feeling under pressure; however, prolonged stress can lead to even more serious conditions.
The Connection between Stress and Skin
Chances are that your breakouts, premature frown lines, and itchy rash can all be linked back to stresses in your life. Stress causes physiological reactions in the body that release hormones, increase oil production, and trigger natural chemicals attached to nerve endings. Your body’s natural defenses against skin irritations are weakened when you’re under stress, leaving you vulnerable to the negative forces stewing inside you.
Types of Stress-Related Skin Problems
Stress-related skin problems manifest themselves in a variety of ways, depending on the individual and levels of stress involved. These are some of the most common types of skin problems that can be caused by stress.
- Eczema – itchy, red, inflamed patches of skin
- Psoriasis – silvery, scaly, raised patches
- Acne – whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples
- Hives – red or white raised bumps on skin
- Wrinkles – especially frown lines and forehead lines from frequent facial expressions
- Dandruff – itchy, white flaky scalp condition
Treatments for Stressed-Out Skin
If the damage has already been done to your skin, not stressing about it anymore is the first step! Believe it or not, psychodermatology is actually a medical field of study, and psychodermatologists commonly recommend over-the-counter and prescription medication, acupuncture, massage, and even therapy.
To help relieve stressed skin and enable it to recover some of the brightness, smoothness and clarity it’s lost, we recommend trying Porcelana Daily Tone Brightening , which contains natural botanical skin brighteners, anti-aging ingredients, and conditioning agents Nivitol and saberry.
Of course, the best way to prevent stressed-out skin conditions is to curb bad habits before they get out of control. Never pick at blemishes or scratch itchy skin when it gets inflamed. Don’t neglect your skin when it’s looking and feeling fine, because a lack of care will catch up to you when times get rough.
Our bodies are mostly made up of water, and hydration is a key component of preventing skin conditions of every shape and size. Natural botanicals found in alternative medicine, such as jojoba, jasmine, aloe vera, and camphor, have also provided relief to some people suffering from the occasional bout of stressed-out skin.
Daily Tips for De-stressing
Releasing the stresses and tensions in your life is often easier said than done, but there are a few simple things you can do to keep anxiety at bay and your skin looking its best at all times.
- Identify your stress triggers and acknowledge how you deal with stress
- Run, do yoga or exercise in any way you enjoy
- Spend time with friends and family members in non-stressful environments
- Write in a journal
- Practice meditating alone for 5 minutes per day
- Spend time outdoors hiking or sitting by a lake or river
- Listen to music that soothes you
- Get 8 hours of sleep and read a book to decompress before bed