Stressed Out Skin

October 3, 2007

I didn’t plan on writing another article tonight, but this caught my eye. I was reading some of the news on yahoo, and an article on the affect of stress on skin was intriguing.

As everyone understands stress plays hard, and when it does it brings the A-game. Stress can do multiple things to your body. Increased weight, heart issues, loss of hair and many more. Whenever stress takes it’s toll your body’s cortisol level sky rockets. In exchange your blood sugar is in the passenger seat for a one way ticket to the milky way. With those combined sugar molecules eat away at the skin’s collagen and elastin. Among that Acne can take it’s place. Adrenaline spikes can make the skin age quicker as well.

Ladies – tired of those dark circles beneath the eyes? Well epinephrine (adrenaline) also rises in stressful situations which in turn is decreased blood flow to the skin. Anything else we should know? Yup! Hormonal changes act against the skin barrier. Skin barrier containing fatty acids that protect debree and what not decreases the amount of moisture the skin holds. No moisture equals dry skin, redness, and inflammation.

Well know that were armed with the damages – What can we do to protect the skin?

  • Sleeping for 6-8 hours
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a balanced diet consisting of low sugar, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Using medicine with Ingredients: chamomile, feverfew, sulfur and salicylic acid
  • Sunscreen spf 15+