Maybe you are one of those people whose skin never gets inflamed or infected. Or maybe you suffer from acne for as long as you can remember. Doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, we are living in very stressful times from which our inflamed skin is one of the first indicators. Indicators that our body is suffering from excess stress.

Have you been paying attention to your skin lately? Do you think it does not look the best? Have you tried everything starting from medical face treatments to drinking more water and better food – nothing helps.

Stress might be the main factor for your current state. Some individuals have grayish tan or dry and flaky skin. These suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Additionally stress can cause acne.

Why does stress affect our skin to that extent

There are many reasons why the quality of our skin worsens during these stressful periods. The cause of this lies within us, more precisely the hormone “Cortisol”. When you are under a great deal of stress, our bodies think they are being attacked and produce cortisol and outbreaks.

If the stress is short lived, then there is no room for panic. But long term stress increases the number of sebaceous glands in the skin. This means the skin becomes oily. This can lead to clogged up pores or rashes.

Oily skin is not the only result of this process. It also reduces the ability of the skin to regenerate itself and the production of collagen and elastin.

It’s also proven that stress before an exam or an interview reduces the external barrier of the skin and as a result the ability to defend itself from external factors is severely impacted.  These can include pollution or harsh chemicals.

What to do

There are some steps which we can follow to revert or reduce the effects of stress on our skin. Firstly, try to locate the source of that stress whether it is excess of work or some unresolved problem which causes tension.  You may not even be aware that something is eating you from the inside and causing stress.

Sometimes stress is an invisible part of life. In these types of cases you need to start doing yoga for instance or meditate to calm down your breathing. It’s proven that meditation decreases the level of stress.

Another effective way of dealing with this is to devote some time to yourself. Whether it will be 15 minutes, 1 hour or more do everything you can. Visit a spa center, light up a couple of candles, and drew yourself a bath. This will help you look great.