Stressed because you’ve been hearing about how stress is killing you? Having trouble keeping your stress under control? It’s a hectic world we live in, and unfortunately, keeping stress out of your life is easier said than done. Stress has all kinds of nasty side effects, and it can affect almost any aspect of your health—including your skin. Your skin reacts to stress in similar ways to the rest of your body, responding with problems like rapid aging and acne. So what triggers these problems, and how important is it to help yourself calm down?
First things first: cortisol is not inherently bad—in small doses. It’s a hormone that helps us deal with stress, and it’s fine in the short term. For most of us though, stress is almost constant, and it’s this that makes cortisol into the enemy, damaging our health, well-being, and even our appearance in a fairly short period of time.
The Consequences for Skin
So how would your skin react to ongoing cortisol? It’s hard to say, because the stress hormones make everyone’s skin behave differently. However, the most common problems long-term stress can trigger are acne, generally dull skin, and accelerated aging. Not good stuff!
How to Keep it Under Control
It’s easy to recognize you need to keep your stress levels down. It’s a lot harder to actually get them under control. You may be keeping up with a demanding job, your family, or a difficult personal issue, but it’s important to take time for yourself and at least do a few little things to keep your stress levels down. What makes you feel better? Exercise? Healthy eating? Meditation? Getting enough sleep? Whatever works for you, your skin will thank you. The good news—everything that’s essential to a healthy lifestyle should help you lead a less stressful life as well!
Prevention is great, but it can’t help with the damage that’s already been caused to your skin—whether from stress, time, sun damage, or other factors. The good news? There are many powerful treatments that dermatologists can administer to help with a variety of issues. Some procedures that can be helpful for refreshing the skin and encouraging a youthful glow include:
- Chemical peels
- Laser resurfacing
- eMatrix™ (radiofrequency treatment)
- Ultherapy® (ultrasound skin tightening)
- Soft tissue fillers
- Laser Genesis® treatments
- Sublime™ (radiofrequency and light therapy)
Skin treatments range from mild skin refreshers involving little to no downtime to more extensive resurfacing techniques that require a few weeks of recovery, but offer dramatic results. The treatment that is best for you will depend on your dermatologist’s assessment of your skin and your own goals for your facial aesthetics. You may even want to consider multiple treatments for best results.
Finding the Right Dermatologist
Finding the right cosmetic dermatologist can be a challenge, but you will want to seek help only from a board certified specialist in the field, who can help you figure out what your skin needs the most. Dr. Diane Walder is an acclaimed cosmetic dermatologist with a national following as a skincare expert. Dr. Walder offers a wide range of treatments and expert advice at her office in Miami. If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your skin with Dr. Walder, call 305-866-2177 today.