Mental health and your skin may not be a combination that comes to mind, but there is a link between our skin and how we feel. If you’ve blushed when embarrassed or gone white when you’re scared, then you’ve experienced a minor form of this. Unfortunately, there are also more severe ways our state of mind could be impacting our skin.
Acne takes a toll.
Acne is a by-product of inflammation and stress and anxiety can cause your inflammation levels to increase rapidly. When this happens your glands may produce more oil which when it sticks to dead skin blocks pores and causes breakouts. There are other lifestyle factors that can cause acne, but stress and anxiety are certainly one potential cause of your breakouts.
Ageing plays a major role.
Ever heard of worry lines? It seems there is some truth to that. When you’re stressed your cortisol levels spike and cortisol has been linked to accelerating the aging process. Sadly, that means more wrinkles and a decrease in the firmness and brightness of the skin.
Flair Ups and Eczema.
As mentioned above when our bodies are under stress or suffering from anxiety our inflammation levels soar. Also, cortisol, the stress hormone, disrupts the production of hyaluronic acid which helps to moisturize the skin. These two combined can lead to eczema as well as other conditions such as rosacea.
We know none of this is good news and quite often skin issues like these can cause greater stress and anxiety to the sufferer. Nevertheless, maintaining a good skincare routine may help lessen the impact on your skin. Identifying what is causing your stress and finding ways to calm yourself may help. Finally, if you are suffering from any of these issues you should consult your doctor, skin therapist or speak to a mental health practitioner.
Remember, the more you maintain a consistent routine, the more you suppress your anxiety and the better you will feel. Giving yourself consistency is the steps you need to make things comfortable for you. Create a consistent routine with one of our YELLE Skincare Collections: whether you’re a busy woman on the go, a young adult with a very active schedule, or the everyday man who doesn’t have the time to commit to skincare. YELLE has exactly what you’re looking for.