January 18, 2018 By Thrive Have you ever noticed that your skin looks different when you are under stress? Do you find yourself wondering how does stress affect your skin? Stress can affect your whole body in various ways? Stress hurts your entire body including your nails, hair, and even skin. Many celebrities have recently succumbed to stress-related skin problems that left them looking awful and unattractive to their followers. We frequently see clients at our Rockville, MD studio who are receiving whole body cryotherapy as a treatment for psoriasis flare-ups that were caused by stress. Stress is part of our daily lives. What matters is how you handle it. Some of the best ways of handling stress include getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising regularly. In addition to affecting overall health, stress can have an adverse effect on your skin. How Stress is Affecting Your Skin Any skin condition can become problematic when you’re stressed. Chronic stress tends to change the levels of certain hormones in your body mainly cortisol. The effect of this hormonal imbalance is evident through specific body parts such as the skin. The primary function of your skin is to block harmful things from getting into your body. Technically, it serves as a wrapper for the body. When you’re under stress, your body is triggered to produce certain chemicals that make your skin more sensitive and over-reactive even to unnecessary things.The sudden changes in the chemical composition of your skin make it hard for some skin problems to heal. Acne is probably the most common example of a skin condition that is aggravated by stress. When you’re stressed, your body tends to produce more cortisol hormone. The excess cortisol hormone, in turn, triggers overproduction of oil in the skin glands. The oily skin then becomes more prone to acne and other related skin problems. A dry and scaly skin: If you’re are stressed, you tend to drink less water and fill up the gap by taking lots of other drinks such as soda and coffee which dehydrate your body. If your body is dehydrated, then it means that you’ll end up with dryer skin that can become irritated, while its appearance can look older and unattractive. More scarring: Some people develop habits in response to stress that damages their skin. They may bite their nails, prick their skin, and even rip apart their split ends. Such behaviors can cause severe problems to your skin or worsen the pre-existing conditions. However, they don’t do it intentionally since most of these actions are hard to control when you are stressed. Some people even tend to cause their own balding from pulling lots of their hair whenever they are stressed which is hard to control. Interferes with the daily skin care program. You might skip your daily skin care routine when you’re stressed. This neglect can result in skin problems. Psoriasis flare-ups: Symptoms of chronic skin conditions can worsen from stress. Skin experts have found a close relationship specifically between stress and psoriasis flare-ups. These are the red, scaly patches of your skin that are usually itchy and sometimes painful. Rosacea is also another condition that is closely related to your mental state. Some of the common symptoms of rosacea include swelling and flushing of the skin. Ways of Dealing with Skin Problems Caused By Stress Chronic stress isn’t good for the health of your skin. Therefore, it’s important to look for ways of dealing with the stress to benefit your skin. Below are some of the recommended ways of easing the effects of stress on your skin. Convert Negative Stress into Positive Stress There is something known as “positive stress” which is good for your skin health. It is the short-lived stress that we usually feel when we feel concerned about the task at hand such as helping your kids get to school on time. Positive stress releases oxytocin hormone which counters the adverse effects of cortisol hormone. Some of the ways to stress positive include; Breathing deeply; always remind yourself to breathe deeply and slowly whenever you feel stressed. Slow, deep breathing lowers your anxiety and leads to the production of oxytocin hormone. Practice mindfulness; Keep in mind what you can control and what you can’t control. Whenever you feel stressed out, focus only on what you can control and forget everything else. Embrace Cryotherapy to Treat Symptoms of Skin Conditions Whole Body Cryotherapy is an effective way of rejuvenating your body and boosting your immune system. The rejuvenation and immune boost have a positive effect on your skin and can provide effective relief from many skin condition symptoms. Cryotherapy skin rejuvenation benefits include: Relief from psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis Whole body detoxification Increased collagen production Reduced appearance of blemishes, fine lines and wrinkles Reduced occurrence of both internal and external inflammation symptoms Other Ways of Easing the effects of Stress on Your Skin The other proven ways include; Get enough sleep. Make sure you sleep for at least eight hours per day. Avoid neglecting your skin even when you’re stressed Always practice stress management techniques such as meditation, physical exercise, and/or yoga Engage more in workouts. Workouts are good for both your physical and psychological health Consider talking to someone whenever you’re stressed. You can speak to a friend, family member, or a professional therapist.