How stress affects your skin
Unmanaged stress can make your skin more sensitive and reactive, causing acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and other skin conditions to flare up.
Would your doctor prescribe yoga as a treatment for a acne or a facial to ease your anxiety? Maybe not as a first line of defense, but the relationship between your emotions and your skin is undeniable.
When you're under stress, it weakens your immune system and makes you more vulnerable to health problems including most skin conditions. Stress also releases the hormone cortisol, which can cause your body to produce more oil. This is why you break out right before a big date or important event.
What's more, during difficult times, you may neglect your personal care (particularly your skincare regime) and adopt unhealthy lifestyle habits. You may not eat right or get enough sleep or exercise.
The result? Your skin reacts by itching, flaking or breaking out, which can exacerbate the problem by making you feel more anxious or distressed. This cycle is likely to repeat itself until you identify and learn to manage the underlying causes of your stress.
3 Ways to Manage Stress
1. Relax your mind. Take time every day to meditate, write in a journal, practice yoga, listen to music or enjoy nature. Even taking a few deep breaths can help you to relax.
2. Nourish your body. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains and whole fruits and vegetables. Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and herring, is especially good for your skin.
3. Renew your spirit. Connect with friends and family, volunteer for an organization that is meaningful to you or just do something that makes you feel happy.
When you feel relaxed, your skin looks better … and when your skin looks better, you feel more relaxed.