The answer to that question is a big, fat yes. Stress can have a negative effect on our whole body, including our skin.
When we’re stressed, a chemical response in our body occurs and we become much more sensitive and reactive. This often causes us to break out more and have more problems with our skin.
Acne may occur because stress releases Cortisol and other hormones, which encourages the Sebaceous Glands to produce more oil (called Sebum). This excess oil can cause pores on our face and body to become blocked and irritated. Stress can also exacerbate skin problems such as psoriasis, rosacea and eczema.
If we’re in full-on stress-mode we may be forgetting to hydrate ourselves, meaning we’re not drinking enough water or even substituting water for energy drinks, fizz, coffee or alcohol which encourage acne and dry skin. When it all really hits the fan we may start breathing in short, shallow breaths, which can cause flushing or redness of the face.
Being stressed is horrible and it can be caused by so many things such as exams, work, relationship issues and injuries from sport just to name a few. So to help out, we’ve compiled a wee list of ways to relieve stress and keep your skin looking fresh and flawless:
Next time you’re super stressed:
- Don’t neglect your skincare regime! Keeping your skin clean and moisturised is vital in combatting the effects stress has on your skin.
- Get plenty of sleep by going to bed early and keep your bed time regular so your body gets used to it.
- Drink plenty of water!!!! #teamhydration
- Eat clean healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and good protein (nuts, meat, eggs etc.)
- Limit sugar intake - a sneaky slice of chocolate cake to ease your anxiety is tempting but try to resist temptation!
- Take long deep breaths through your nose rather than through your mouth. This signals to your body that you are trying to relax so will trick your brain into making you feel calmer.
- Do regular exercise e.g. yoga or even just go for a walk. It doesn’t need to be full on, but if running etc. helps you to relax then do it!
- Talk to your friends, parents, counsellor or professional to share your stress, they will be happy to help!
Stress can be a destructive beast that requires management and thought. Every now again stop and think, “am I stressed?”