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Is stress making your face dull? Here’s what experts say

Did you know your skin reflects your mind? New studies say stress may have a lasting impact on your skin.

Stress makes skin prone to microbial attacks.

A new study has shown that psychological stress interferes with the skin barrier.

The epidermis protects our body from external infections and bacterial attacks. A defunct skin barrier makes our body prone to infections.

This results in acne, infections, flare-ups and rashes.

The stress-acne connection

Apart from hormonal imbalance, stress is a major player in acne among youngsters in the 18-30 age group.

Under stress, the body produces cortisol which results in oily skin and leads to pimples. Studies show meditation is a great way to deal with stress.

Mental stress and impaired immune system

When you are under pressure constantly, it not only causes acne and skin problems, it worsens skin conditions that you already have.

Stress affects skin in 3 ways

  1. Stress triggers immune responses of the skin resulting  in redness and rashes.
  2. If you already have an inflamed skin condition, being under constant stress may lead to frequent outbreaks of eczema and acne.
  3. It’s a natural thing for us to pick in scabs, pop pimples as a stress reliever. This only worsens the condition.

Premature wrinkles

The last thing anyone wants is wrinkles. Well stress just makes you more prone to fine lines & crows feet.

Stress affects the protein structures on your skin making it loose its elasticity.

Stress & skipped skincare

Skincare is all about discipline.

When you are under work pressure or stressed to the core, skincare may be the last thing on your mind.

You may end up skipping cleansing your makeup off at night, putting on a night cream for your dry skin or simply forget to apply your acne medication.

This is enough to aggravate your skin which is used to your routine skincare.

Remedies for stress

1.Remember that keeping calm is not a luxury but a requirement for healthy living.

  1. Put yourself before anything else. Your health and happiness is primary.

This puts you in a calm state of mind and you can go about your deadlines with composure.

  1. Pamper yourself. Take time out for yoga, quiet reading or simply watching a sunset from your balcony.

It can do wonders for your mental health and skin.

4.Workout. Flush out all toxins in your body with a good run, a bunch of pushups, yoga or any exercise that you choose.