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Is stress leaving its mark on your skin? It could very well be and here’s why.

Life is busy and sometimes many of us will experience feelings of stress and worry, but if this becomes constant, otherwise known as chronic, the body can go into fight or flight mode. As the body’s system fights to regulate itself, hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol will be entering into the bloodstream, and this unfortunately can bring with it physical signs of stress.

Cortisol and adrenaline are a natural hormonal response which the body releases during periods of stress and anxiety. Excess cortisol and adrenaline can have negative effects on the whole body, and this includes its biggest organ, the skin.

Dryness, uneven texture, oily breakouts, and spots are all accelerated when the body is put under stress. Chronic inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne will often become worse when you are feeling anxious and stressed.

The reason for this is that cortisol triggers the brain to release a hormone which is thought to stimulate oil release from the sebaceous glands around your hair follicles. It therefore makes sense that excess oil in the follicles can lead to clogged pores which leads to spots, accelerates the symptoms of acne and generally takes its toll on your skin.

Stress is also linked to the gut which can then also affect the skin. Increased cortisol levels send messages through cytokines to the gut, which cause an imbalance in the gut microbiome. Toxins are released from the gut meaning the skin is not getting the nutrients it needs.

So, how can you help stressed-out skin?

Stress has become a pandemic in its own right and is prevalent these days with people leading such busy lives, our close interaction with technology and blue light, World concerns and bad news stories. It all has an effect on us at varying degrees. We are living in a stressed-out World and there is no getting away from that, so we need to counterbalance that stress if we can.

Consciously addressing stress and using coping mechanisms to manage stress is the best thing we can be doing for our overall health and our skin. 

Here’s what we recommend to help combat the stress of modern-day life:

Make time in your diary for relaxing activities and things you enjoy.

Whether that’s a walking group, an hour in the garden, an evening class – even baking. Schedule in time to do the things that make you feel good. It doesn’t need to be hours and hours or a whole day but make some time each week to do something you enjoy. The feel-good hormones that your body will release will help to combat the negativity caused by stress.

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Follow a good diet

That old chestnut again, but honestly, this really works. Not only does it give you more energy when you eat well and nourish your body, but you will also find you sleep better, which will help your skin too.

Keep active

Working out has great benefits for your overall health and mental well-being. It will make you feel energised, less lethargic and the hormones that exercise releases literally counteract those pesky stress hormones.

Avoid the quick fixes

Whether that’s a diet plan, a testing workout regime, a skin peel or the latest skincare fad. Quick fixes rarely work out. They aren’t sustainable and won’t give you the long-term results you crave. Whether you’re after a flatter tummy or smoother skin. Slow and steady is what we always recommend. Build it all into your long-term routine, make it part of your day-to-day life and then slowly, over time the results will come.

Skin stressors are rarely permanent, but they can become chronic if they occur over a prolonged period of time. This month you should carve some time out for yourself. Consciously choose activities and new routines that nourish your mind, body and soul. Your skin will thank you for it, and before you know it, those little routines will become very good habits.

If you’d like to book an appointment at our Stourbridge Clinic to discuss your skin so you can be the best version of yourself, please get in touch via email info@tejandco.co.uk or call 01384 824039

This article was written by skincare specialist Tej of Tej & Co. Tej & Co are experts in skincare and hair removal clinic, West Midlands. Offering safe and results-driven non-surgical skin treatments including Endymed Skin Tightening.