Stress Is Messing With My Skin

    Oh God!! are you getting blackheads??? and did you notice how pimples always come at the worst possible time (grrrrr…), like right just before a party nite, or the morning of a kitty party you’ve been planning for weeks? Well, it turns out, that I am stressed and stress-totally messes with our skin, causing breakouts, flare-ups, and even wrinkles. (Like you needed one more thing to worry about…?) Here’s how stress affects our skin and what we should do to stay best.

    When you’re stressed, stress hormones are pumped in response. Blood moves away from your skin, and sends it to help your muscles and organs instead. That’s great if you’re trying to outrun a bear, but it can be a beauty horror, especially if you’re feeling permanently stressed. “Chronic stress lowers oxygen level and essential nutrients in our body, leading to skin conditions and inflammation,” says Dr. Jean Brown, a dermatologist in San Fransisco. Cortisol, a stress hormone can also cause your oil glands to go into overdrive and secrete more oil in our body. This causes acne and skin breakout.

    When under stress, you lose sleep. sleep is super-important for a healthy skin (and healthy everything, really). Sleep is the best time for your body to repair itself from the day. Lack of sleep can boost your cortisol levels, which — along with the whole oil-overload stuff — can make it even harder to sleep. Less sleep = more cortisol = more stress = less sleep. “It’s a vicious cycle, so stay out of stress” “Not getting a good night’s sleep, along with more stress, can weaken the immune system and leave you with dull sking and will make you age faster.”

    If you are dealing with chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, you may notice they flare up when you’re feeling overwhelmed. It’s usually not the sole cause for these conditions, but in someone who is already genetically predisposed, stress can be the last straw. If your eczema suddenly gets worse, that may be a cue to decompress.

    The way you cope with stress can damage your skin. You may bite your nails, pick at your skin, or twist your hair without realizing it. All that nail-biting and pimple popping can transfer bacteria onto your skin, making you more prone to breakouts. And even if you feel like you need a venti triple-shot latte just to keep up with life right now, keep in mind caffeine can make those nervous habits even worse, so stick to water instead.

    Although stress may not give you skin cancer. But it can raise your risk. Stress lowers our immune system in general, but now researchers have found that your immune system’s response to fighting basal cell skin cancers is also affected.Keep slathering on that SPF — it’s still your best defense — but try to find some stress-busting techniques to keep your immune system on its A-game.

    Okay, so you may not be counting your wrinkles just yet. But too much stress now can add to more fine lines in the coming years. Stress hormones lead to fast aging of the skin because your body is busy fighting stress instead of protecting you against environmental stressors such as UV rays, cigarette smoke, and pollution.”You only have so many natural defense systems in your skin, and if you deplete them because of internal stress, then you use up your resources.”

    Well, a few simple stress management techniques can work wonders for your beauty. Next time you’re feeling frazzled, just go for a walk, do some power yoga or deep-breathing exercises, or call a supportive friend to vent your emotion. This will lower your cortisol levels, which can help clear your mind and your skin.