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4 Signs Of Stressed Skin

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4 signs of stressed skin

Most Kenyans know at some gut level (like when you catch the reflection of your furrowed brow in a window) that stress doesn’t help your appearance. Now science is detailing the myriad ways the stress hormone cortisol literally gets under your skin stressed, leading to dryness and other signs of aging (including, yes, those lovely worry lines). But what science reveals it also heals stressed skin. Once you ID how your inner turmoil shows itself, you can use targeted home and pro therapies to counter its not-so-pretty effects.

Use the following strategies to correct the top 5 signs of stressed skin symptoms and your complexion will look calm, cool, and collected.

1. Dryness

Chronic stress increases the hormone cortisol, which damages skin’s ability to hold on to water,the resulting moisture loss also diminishes luminosity,so your dry skin is not your skin type but a sign of stressed skin.

Correct it: Look for hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products.Their lower pH prevents further dryness and inflammation. Wash your face with lukewarm water; hot temperatures strip skin’s oils. Slathering on your face cream while skin is slightly damp traps moisture.
Read more how to choose the correct moisturizer

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2. Fine lines

Cortisol triggers an elevation in blood sugar, which—via a process called glycation—damages collagen and elastin, the protein fibers that plump skin and keep it smooth. Constant muscle tension also leads to permanent wrinkling.

Correct it: OTC creams made with retinol and antioxidants encourage collagen production to firm skin. An Rx retinoid like D plus anti collagen cream offers significantly better results.

3. Acne

Stress increases the inflammation that leads to breakouts.

Correct it: Use a lotion containing skin sloughing salicylic acid like our dermaperfection acne cream or bacteria-busting benzoyl peroxide, plus a non comedogenic moisturizer so skin won’t get too dry. If your skin doesn’t respond to treatment within a few weeks, see your doctor for more potent meds.

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4. Tired eyes

Anxiety causes a chain reaction, leading to sleepless nights, which in turn cause puffiness.

Correct it: Use cucumber slices as mini ice packs for the eyes; they constrict the blood and lymph vessels that bring fluid to the area. Sleep with your head slightly elevated to prevent fluid from pooling.

Here’s how to minimize worry-induced flare-ups:

Daily: Work out Exercise 3 or 4 days a week to decrease tension, boost circulation, and keep inflammation in check.Even a long walk can pump out positive endorphins, catch Enough Zzzs Sleeping less than 7 to 8 hours a night not only monkeys with your mood, but causes the body to release cortisol, increasing dryness and inflammation.

Weekly: Keep a Skin Diary write down what’s going on in your life when your skin acts up and when it gets better,that helps you zero in on the emotional issue that’s triggering your skin problem.

Read More:Building your perfect skin care routine.

When Desperate: See a Skin Shrink Consider seeing a dermatologist who’s also board certified in psychiatry or psychology, known as psychodermatologists. Besides prescribing antibiotics for acne and retinoids for wrinkles, they will recommend alternative techniques such as acupuncture and massage.

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