With all the things that are going on in the world today, it is no wonder that so many people are frowning and/or looking worried. It feels like stressors are increasing every day, and all that stress can have a negative effect on your skin. Not only are frown lines and worry lines growing a little deeper, your body is producing stress hormones that are affecting your skin on a very basic level.
Stress produces hormones, in particular cortisol, which cause your skin to become more reactive. Existing skin problems can become worse, and a predisposition to skin issues can manifest with stress overload. You may notice that when you are stressed, you break out more than usual.
The stress hormones cause your skin to produce more oil in the sebaceous glands. When your skin becomes oily, acne flares up. Acne may not be your problem. You may have psoriasis, rosacea or eczema; these conditions can flare up due to stress also. Some people break out in hives.
Repairing the Damage
When skin problems ruin the look of your skin, there are options available to mitigate the damage. There have been many advancements in facial rejuvenation. Not only have there been strides in helping older adults look younger, there have also been advancements in treating problems like acne scarring.
Minimally invasive treatments provide patients with amazing results, sometimes in less than an hour. These procedures can be accomplished with very little and sometimes no downtime for you, depending on the issue being addressed.
Non-surgical face treatments can minimize the pitting and scarring caused by acne breakouts. Chemical peels can also help reduce the appearance of damage caused by acne, as well as that caused by the sun and aging.
Learn to Relax
It is challenging to relax with today’s news full of doom and gloom; yet, those who are resilient know how to make the best of a bad situation. Find ways to lighten your load. That may mean watching cat videos, meditating, going for a walk, picking up a neglected hobby or starting a new one. Your skin will appreciate the lowered stress hormone levels. And if you would like to do something about the skin damage you have, contact Dr. Joshua Rosenberg for a consultation appointment.