If you think stress is just limited to how you are feeling on the inside, think again. The turmoil of stress can take a serious toll on your skin, showing up as acne, redness, dryness and even speeding up the signs of aging by giving way to fine lines and wrinkles. “All of these conditions come back to the same thing: Stress inhibits your skin’s ability to heal itself,” explains New York celebrity aesthetician Mandy Epley.
One of the biggest skin problems for many woman is acne, and stress can be the culprit causing it. When stress takes over, the hormone cortisol rises, which causes an increase in oil production—a precursor to clogged pores, oily skin, acne and problems like dermatitis. “Even if you don’t normally suffer from acne, the onset of stress can cause breakouts; it’s the number-one reason adult patients who are suffering from acne for the first time come in,” says Prospect, KY, dermatologist Tami Buss Cassis, MD.
So how can we deal with stress-induced acne? Eliminate the aggravator of course. “I recommend a 30 to 60 minute facial or massage to help you unwind and adding anti-inflammatory ingredients like green tea into your skin care,” says Dr. Buss.
Other easy ways to quickly distress include:
The sleep solution
Getting an adequate amount of sleep keeps stress under control, it also gives your skin the opportunity to properly prepare itself.
Stress busters, like essential oils, will instill a sense of calm when used on the skin. We like Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate Stress Relieving Aroma ($22). Serving as an any-time, anywhere de-stressing treatment (just press the roller ball on pulse points), this potent aromatheraputic oil smells of relaxing lavender and clary sage essential oils.
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