Any medical professional will tell you how great a killer stress really is. You may not make much of the anxiety you face over exam results or over-thinking about work tasks but do it frequently enough and you've got a problem on your hands. But it isn't just blood pressure and heart health that stress negatively impacts. It's your skin too. Not many are aware of the link between the stress you experience and the way your skin looks. Once you do note it however, it will definitely change the way you handle your mental health and your skin too.
When one experiences stress, the bodily balance of hormones goes out of order. This is one of the factors that causes hormonal imbalance, which is faced by thousands of individuals today. Of the many hormones running through your body, stress affects cortisol the most. Popularly known as the fight or flight hormone, cortisol works like an alarm system for the body. Ever heard a car alarm go off continuously? It can be very jarring. Now imagine your body having to experience stressful conditions and the surge of cortisol frequently. It affects the skin by leading to inflammation and increasing oil production, which in turn leads to pimples, oiliness, rashes and acne.
The simplest solution is to prevent cortisol for spiking by reducing your stress levels overall. But that's easier said than done because almost everything around us; from crossing the street to global pandemics, leave us worried. While it may not be possible to wipe away all your stress entirely, there are ways to manage it and your skin.
Deep breathing and meditation can help keep one's mental focus in the moment rather than letting it run free and over think.ADVERTISEMENT
Be strict with your skin care routine to ensure greasiness and bacteria is kept at bay.
Exercise exerts the muscles as well as relaxes the mind to a great extent to bring stress under control and improve blood circulation.ADVERTISEMENT
Hobbies than one enjoys can calm the mind and help to efficiently manage stress.
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