Prevent Breakouts From Stress
Simple Solutions to Prevent Breakouts
It is possible to keep your skin clear during stressful times. Beauty Rx:
Address the source of your stress and take good care of your body
Get more sleep, exercise and set aside time each day for reflection and relaxation. This will enhance resistance to stress and nurture to the skin to combat the effects of day-to-day stress.
Try to increase your intake of dark green, leafy vegetables, such as Kale or Spinach. They are known to provide lots of fiber (for clear skin) and plenty of vitamin A and C (for wrinkles and discoloration). Cleanse your digestive tract with probiotics in food or via a supplement. Skin will appear clearer and more luminous. Try substituting a daily snack with a Soy Protein Shake that contains vitamins B6, B12 (for stress and anxiety) zinc and biotin (for clear, healthy skin) and vitamin E (for skin repair).
Stick to your skin-care routine
Don’t skimp on self-care when you are stressed out. Sonya always emphasizes that a regular skin-care routine is critical to clear skin.
Keep skin balanced and hydrated with moisturizer
Moisturize to counter dehydration and dullness from the decrease in oxygen flow to the skin. Do not skip moisturizing thinking that drying out the skin will clear the breakouts. The opposite actually holds true; maintaining a balanced moisture level will keep the skin healthy and drying it out will further stimulate the oil glands to produce more oil to compensate for the loss. We recommend using a light-weight moisturizer rich in ceramides.
Apply treatment products before a breakout occurs
Look for products with salicylic acid or time-released benzoyl peroxide.
How Stress Affects Your Skin
Most of us have experienced an acne flare up when stress in on the rise. Why is it that breakouts develop when you're under pressure? In one word: STRESS! Below you'll find simple mind and body strategies for a clear, stress-free complexion.
Whether we like it or not, stress has become an ever-present factor in our lives. At work, in our relationships, driving through rush-hour traffic -- most of us take it for granted that there is nothing unusual about stressful situations occurring on a regular basis. Stress undermines the body, mind and emotions. And the results are all too obvious, by showing up on your skin. Stress aggravates skin conditions such as acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, warts, cold sores and blisters. And even if stress does not actually result in one of these conditions, it is one of the chief contributors to an increased population of free radicals in the body, which, in turn, causes premature aging.
The Stress and Skin Connection
Research has shown that stress and breakouts are directly linked. When the brain recognizes stress, it involuntarily releases stress hormones (cortisol) that help thicken the hair follicle's lining, causing blackheads/whiteheads. If bacteria get trapped, a large pimple develops.
Research supports the adverse impact of stress on the immune system. The skin, being one of the body’s largest organs, is intricately connected to the rest of physiology including the mind. Just as the body is affected by stress, so is the skin. The body responds to stress by directing blood flow and oxygen to areas vital for fighting the stress, and withdraws from other areas including the skin. The skin subsequently becomes starved of blood and oxygen, making it dehydrated, dull, lifeless and prone to clogged pores and breakouts.
Warning Signs to Help Prevent Breakouts
Can you really figure out when a flare-up is on its way? Yes, says Sonya Dakar, who offers these warning signs to look out for:
- - Your skin is oilier than usual. Researchers found that stress causes the skin's sebaceous glands to secrete more oil.
- - Tiny blackheads and whiteheads are developing.
- - Your skin looks pale or flushed. Stress causes the blood vessels to constrict or dilate abnormally, so there's either too little or too much blood flow to the skin.
- - Your skin may be more sensitive than normal. Under stress, inflammatory neuropeptides are released in the skin, causing sensitivity.