Stress does not only affect your brain, often physical issues like stiff shoulders, headaches, insomnia, and even skin conditions manifest after that. Have you been under a lot of stress lately? Experiencing breakouts and skin sensitivity? Read on for advice on how to remedy the situation.

Minor things annoy you more when you are stressed than usual. The same goes for your skin. Due to stress, your body sometimes releases histamine. This hormone can ultimately cause skin conditions such as cirrhosis and eczema.

How to treat it: Find a suitable cleanser and toner for acne and sensitive skin and use it regularly. Help your skin from within by loading up on omega fatty acids and increase your intake of healthy fats found in food like avocados.

Extreme stress not only makes you feel exhausted but speeds up the ageing process as well. According to research, Cortisol breaks down your skin structure and collagen. In another study, it was found that telomeres, the cells responsible for ageing, are shortened and produce wrinkles when experiencing prolonged periods of stress. The skin becomes less supple, and before long, fine lines appear around the eyes, mouth, nose, and forehead.

How to treat it: A good face mask can cure almost anything. To nourish the skin, make a soothing face mask by mixing two drops of lavender oil with 1 teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of coconut oil, and a quoter of mashed avocado. Apply to face and keep it on for 20 minutes. It will not only hydrate your skin but help soothe the skin.

From your teens to adulthood, you never had so much as a zit until you wake up one morning with a couple of unwelcomed guests on your face. Stress produces certain hormones in the body to help it cope. As a result, your skin might react differently to how it usually would. The stress-induced type of acne is often in the lower parts of the face like the chin and mouth areas.

Hot to treat it: Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and promote quicker cell turnover. Use products with beta-hydroxy-acid (BHA) or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). A good spot treatment will help target specific areas, and you will have your glow back in no time.

You have lost that glow? Because of stress, your skin does not renew itself a quickly as it usually would. As a result, you end up with a dull complexion.

Hot to treat it: Twice a week in the evening after cleansing, pour hot water into a boil then add a tablespoon of olive oil. The hot water opens pores, while the oil kills bacteria causing acne and also hydrates the skin.

Stress impairs proper skin function, so much so that that the skin becomes vulnerable to an increase in Cortisol. It gets dehydrated and loses plumpness.

How to treat it: Use a good quality cleanser suitable for your skin type, and cleanse and moisuturise your face morning and evening daily. Remember to use a good hydrating mask and up your water intake to restore that dewy glow in no time.

Your woes can also have you walking around with dark circles under your eyes. Disturbed sleeping pertains are expected, and because you are not getting the recommended 8 hours dosage, chances are it will show around the eye area.

How to treat it: Use a good eye cream or essential oil appropriate for sensitive skin like Lavender or Sandalwood. Mix with a carrier oil such as Jojoba. Then do a de-stressing facial massage at home. Make sure to cover the eye area as well. Check sites such a YouTube for tutorials on how to.

· Prioritise sleep and start a workout routine.
· Exercising is an excellent way to not only reduce stress, but it helps bring that glow back. When you exercise, oxygen gets delivered to your skin, which, in turn, promote new skin cells and collagen productions. Even a walk will do.

While it is essential to treat skin problems, the most important thing is to deal with the underlying issues causing your stress. Remember that long term stress can cause serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes. So be sure to manage your stress levels.

6 COMMON SKIN ISSUES CAUSED BY STRESS 6 COMMON SKIN ISSUES CAUSED BY STRESS Reviewed by Michelle Pienaar on October 30, 2020 Rating: 5
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