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Stress: Skin disorders and ways to fight

Many of us have heard that beauty comes from within, and the main reason we strongly believe this is because skin is the largest body organ that we need to take care to look healthy. Many skin problems leave from the inside, and masks and creams can only provide a healthy look on the outside, while in the body we can face a battle of hormones unbalanced due to stress. This way, fine wrinkles and rashes occur.

Stress and skin health

Exposure to the sun and the exhausting fight of the skin to defend itself. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation has a negative effect on the skin with exposure to the sun, which is also a stress factor. Even when it comes to natural or artificial light (solar), ultraviolet absorption signals blood cells that they have to reach the exposed area to help repair it. Thus, sunshine occurs and does not end here: excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation leads to pigmentation of the skin, the appearance of moles and even skin cancer. The best way to combat UV rays and sun-induced stress is to apply sun protection every morning. Even natural oils can be effective in protecting sun-exposed skin, including olive oil, coconut, mint and lemon grass, with the highest SPF value. But that does not mean they can completely replace sunscreen creams. Let’s not forget about the consumption of fruits rich in antioxidants and vitamin C (grapes and pomegranates), which offer the skin’s ability to protect itself from free radicals caused by exposure to the sun.

Inflamed and irritated skin. Rash, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, rosacea are all results of inflammation, but studies show that when the brain is depleted, it can compromise the skin’s ability to protect itself. In other words, due to stress, the skin is difficult to adjust and remain in balance. For example, after a week without too much rest, you can see small eruptions on the face. Inflammation can cause acne, but certain skin conditions, such as rosacea, can be confused with acne. It is very important to know the differences between these conditions before treatment and especially if irritation is not the result of stress, allergies or inappropriate cosmetic products. To get rid of these inflammations, you must first discover the cause of the stress and eliminate it.

How do we eliminate stress:

  • through meditation or yoga;
  • by avoiding processed foods and sweeteners;
  • by choosing fruit instead of sweeteners, olive oil instead of margarine, and eating fish instead of red meat.

Increases sebum production and favors the presence of acne. It’s not surprising at all, but scientists have discovered that stress is associated with the appearance of acne, especially among women, causing hormonal and chemical imbalances that increase the production of natural skin oil. Although it is almost impossible to eliminate the stress from the equation entirely, there are some ways to combat it. 5-10 minutes of stress management techniques, such as exercises, can increase the body’s ability to adapt. Of course, acne can also be alleviated with home remedies, and salicylic acid is one of them, which helps to loosen and clean the pores, but after the process, if the substance is too strong, it can irritate the skin.

Oily scalp, hair loss and nail exfoliation. Stress has effects on your hair and nails, but before you can blame this factor, you can take a visit to your dermatologist. For example, it can be an eczema or a diet not rich in nutrients. Meanwhile, avoid showers and hot baths that can damage the skin and scalp, exercise regularly and follow a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables.

Wrinkles and fine lines. Stress is particularly visible on the eyes, from scratchy and tired looking to wrinkles and fine lines. Facial massage can help you eliminate stress, and some techniques help relieve tension accumulated in areas such as forehead, eyebrows and neck. At the same time these exercises help the skin become more flexible and not wrinkle anymore.

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