During the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s we all have more obligations: family functions and parties to attend, shopping for gifts, entertaining. All of those things on the list take us out of our normal routine, causing stress.
When we are stressed, the body releases a chemical called cortisol that increases oil production in the skin. That explains why stress causes acne in those individuals who are acne-prone. Dandruff, which is caused by increased oil production in the scalp, also is likely to flare.
Stress can have a negative impact on the skin’s immune system. Skin conditions you already have such as eczema, psoriasis or cold sores are likely to worsen when you are stressed. Habits such as rubbing or scratching or lip biting, that are stress induced, may make these skin problems worse.
The skin is a mirror on how we feel, so if your skin is flaring up, it’s time to de-stress.
Try these stress reducing tips:
- Don’t neglect your skin and health routines: always remove makeup and keep up use of moisturizers for the face and body. Take your vitamins and any prescribed oral and skin medications
- Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep
- Exercise regularly-even if you are busy, take time for a walk, yoga class or visit to the gym. It will help clear your mind
- Take 10-15 minutes for a some quiet time- take a bath, listen to music, read
- Try meditation or breathing techniques
- Say no! set boundaries to give yourself a break