April 16, 2013

Avoid The Devastating Effects Of Stress On Your Skin

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Have you ever noticed that skin issues, such as blemishes or rashes, tend to pop up in the least favourable moments, like, say, right before a big interview for a job you really want? Well, it isn’t at all a coincidence, it’s actually a proven fact.

Over the years, studies have shown that stress has remarkably powerful effects on your skin, causing a chemical reaction that makes your hormones go into overdrive and eliminate cortisol, a steroid hormone that, in turn, makes your sebaceous glands produce excess sebum, and thus, upping the risk of you developing acne breakouts. Cortisol makes skin cells shrink and the lipids between them evaporate, causing problems with the protective outer layer of your skin.

Excess cortisol is also liked to the weakening of the immune system, making the body more vulnerable towards infections, allergens and even common colds, which it could normally avoid. Moreover, studies have shown that a high stress level increases chances of developing skin cancer and also, once that cancer has invaded the body, stress will make it progress more rapidly and aggressively.

To counteract the effects that stress has on your skin, don’t neglect your beauty routine (stress can easily make you neglectful, but skipping taking care pf your skin for even just a short period of time can create a vicious circle that’s extremely hard to get out of). Also, ensure that you don’t put your skin at risk even more by developing unhealthy habits, like biting your lips or rubbing your skin with dirty hands.

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