December 07, 2021
While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it can also be a time of holiday stress.
In fact, according to a recent poll, more than 80% of us find the holiday season to be ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ stressful. So, what is it that has us all so hot and bothered? Could it be
Regardless of what stresses you out, you probably see the effects of it on your skin. The question is – What can you do about it?
Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.
Have you ever noticed that you break out more when you’re stressed?
This is because stress causes your body to release hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol causes increased oil production in your skin glands, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Chronic stress leads to constant increased levels of these hormones and can have a negative effect on your skin health.
Additionally, stress can cause increased internal inflammation. When your body perceives a threat, the immune system sends out a response to handle it – that response is inflammation. Usually, inflammation helps protect and heal our bodies, but a body under stress causes the immune system to overreact.
Stress-induced inflammation can result in skin conditions like acne, or eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. People with chronic inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and fever blisters are more sensitive to flare ups when they are stressed.
If you have a skin issue that doesn't heal or keeps coming back, rethink how you handle stress.
You probably can’t avoid stress completely, but you can try ways to handle it better. Try these approaches:
And above all, give yourself a little grace. Your loved ones want YOU – not the many trappings of the Holidays.
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