Patent # 7,919,443
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How does your skin react to stress? Is there a link between stress and acne breakouts?
One thing is for sure: stress does cause acne – called stress acne!
Your endocrine System is very complex. Whether you have stress emotionally or physically, it all wreaks havoc on your body. Your body reacts to these stresses as if there is an enemy.
Adrenal glands go into super fast mode, the flight or flight stress hormones come into play, which get you ready to run from the predator or battle. But, in today’s world, where can you go to get away from a stress like a demanding boss?
So, what happens is the hormones increase in your body.
The continuing effect: with these fight or flight hormones, you get other hormones, together with the androgens that excite sebaceous glands and encourage the other cellular changes that form acne-making issues in the sebaceous follicles. So, persistent stress may exacerbate existing acne, making new zits where you once had nice skin, while making you feel just a bit greasier than you usually would.
The immediate effect: crimson pimples – because of the keen levels of cortisol (which aggravates, and agitates the skin) and other inflammatory chemicals that inundates the body in reaction to stressful circumstances. These substances can make existing pimples worse and stimulate a powerful inflammatory response in follicles, rapidly altering them into those big acne blemishes that explode suddenly. And, one thing you don’t want is acne that is under the skin.
And, once you get acne, you get more stress because you feel more insecure. When you don’t know when your skin will break-out, you don’t feel like you have power over your surroundings, you become tense, you feel nervous, and you may start to have other issues, you get mad and then depressed. You try this, you try that, and nothing helps…so you get frustrated, angry, and sad.
Take control of your life. Anywhere you can relieve stress or anxiety, do it. Your skin will thank you. The objective is to teach your immune system to perform in a better way to stressful circumstances so that it does not respond to stress by overwhelming your body with chemicals that encourage the kind of unmanageable inflammation that is so suitable to start your acne cycle reeling out of control.
Utilize approaches that improve a sense of control is key. The more in control you feel, the less stress you feel and the fewer harmful feelings you experience.
What can you do? Exercise to control stress…even if it’s just a 30 minute walk. If it helps you and you are able to do it, meditate, pray, do yoga or tai chi. Also, don’t forget your normal skin care regimen. And, it might really help to ramp it up. Use spot treatments and make-up when needed. Take control – feel control.
Leave the blame and feel successful in your efforts. Read everything you can, learn about your skin and how to take care of it and then take those active steps.
Your body is your body and you are prone to continue to get acne – whether you lessen your stress or not, but the key is to listen to your body and learn how to control it. And, if you get acne flare-ups, don’t get discouraged. If you weren’t taking steps to control your acne, you’d have a lot more flare-ups. Believe that!
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