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Stress and Your Skin

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Stress is common amongst all of us and is inevitable! But how you react to it can spell the difference between illness and health and tipping the balance away from frustration and into fulfillment. So when it comes to skin problems, tactical balance is your new best friend. Life happens but it doesn’t have to show on your skin.

Physiologically, it works like this – adrenal glands, that sit at the top of the kidneys, are chiefly responsible for releasing hormones called cortisol in response to stress. The more you are stressed the more your body can’t regulate the levels of cortisol in your system, and that’s when the danger begins and these male hormones start to cause signs of increased sensitivity, itchiness, breakouts, changes in colour of your skin and even stretchmarks!

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Stress is a particularly menacing because whatever your skin is vulnerable — whether from acne, rosacea, signs of aging, extremely dry skin, extremely oily skin, eczema, psoriasis, allergies or combination of two or more of the above — stress is going to find a way to make it worse. This, in turn, causes more stress creating a self-perpetuating cycle.

However, you can beat this cycle and the approach has to be two-fold. Without question, you’re going to want to treat the condition itself. Contact me for a complimentary skin analysis to discuss the options that are available to you. Meanwhile, you’ve got to break the vicious cycle and interrupt the stress on your mind and body!

But to just tell you to relax is easier said than done in our busy lives! How you choice to dispense with your stress varies between people. Some people prefer doing noisy things such as sports, intense cardio, dancing, laughing etc. Others respond better to a quiet, centred approach with massage, stretching, creative hobbies, or reading. Or perhaps try a bit of both. Whatever works for you, find your favourites and put your stress busters into play for at least 10 minutes at a time, three times a day and try to fit in another 30-minute continuous session if at all possible.

For the record, sex or food can work for you when savoured, but as obsessions can also be destructive stressors.

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