Prolonged Stress Prevents Clear Skin

Prolonged Stress Prevents Clear SkinYour emotional well-being can have a significant impact on your whole body. But do you know how it is affecting your chances at clear skin? Stress is an inevitable part of life that can often happen without warning; however, the most important thing is how well you are able to handle it.

When you are stressed, the body triggers a chemical response that can make your skin more sensitive, leading to increased breakouts and slower healing times. The primary reason for this is the release of cortisol promotes oil production in your sebaceous glands. Here are some other skin problems that stress can directly impact:

  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Skin Rashes
  • Fever Blisters
  • Psoriasis

Unfortunately, if you are stressed your skin care routine may be one of the first things to get overlooked. This can exacerbate existing skin conditions or even cause breakouts for those not normally acne prone. To keep breakouts from occurring or getting worse make sure you stick with your normal morning and evening skin care routine.

Ways to Reduce Stress

There is no way to completely eliminate stress in your life but there are ways to reduce stress and reduce its effect on your skin.  Learning how to deal with stress in a healthy way will benefit you both physically and mentally.  Following these steps can help you maintain clear skin by managing stress in a healthy way.

  • Exercise – Regular exercise is beneficial for the whole body, as well as the skin. Taking a walk or practicing yoga are effective low impact ways to reduce the impact of stressors. The best stress relieving exercise is one you enjoy whether it’s a solo walk around the block or a team sport.  As little as 15 minutes a day can have a significant impact on your stress level
  • Sleep Well – Achieving healthy levels of sleep is one of the best ways to help keep yourself grounded. Stress can be multiplied simply because you are irritable and tired. Achieving around 8 hours of sleep each night will help benefit both mind and body.
  • Take Time for Yourself – Relax and take time for yourself; get a massage or a facial, take a warm bath, watch a favorite movie, spend some time in nature.

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