Stress: it seems like in today’s fast paced, ‘logged in’ world, you just can’t escape from it! Working full-time, raising children, paying bills, and sitting in traffic – these are just a few of the daily stressors we face. While everyone knows the harmful effects stress can have on our body, most people don’t realize that our skin is one of the first places on our body to exhibit signs of stress.
What Stress Means for Our Skin
When we are worried or anxious, our adrenal gland begins producing cortisol, a major stress hormone. Cortisol can cause our pores to become inflamed, resulting in acne breakouts. Collagen will start to break down, causing fine lines, creases, and wrinkles. Stress also means repetitive frowning, creasing of the eyes, and crinkling of the forehead, all of which can result in forehead wrinkles and frown lines – those pesky “11’s” between our eyebrows.
Solutions for Our Skin
While the effects of stress on our skin are clear, there are also ways to combat a compromised complexion. By following a few simple steps, and a little help from Diane Walder Dermatology, your face can look rejuvenated, refreshed, and even years younger.
Chronic stress causes the skin to lose its ability to hold water. Protect essential oils by only washing your face with lukewarm water. Use a high quality, fragrance-free, moisturizer; the lower pH will prevent further dryness and inflammation. Combat dryness by using DW Green Tea Cleanser and DW Ultra-lite, DW Ultra-Sheer or DW Ultra-Hydrating Moisturizers.
- Fine lines:
Cortisol damages collagen and elastin; tension leads to wrinkling. Apply products containing retinol and antioxidants, these will increase natural collagen production and firm the skin. Dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm can fill in lines; Botox® or Dysport can relax facial muscles to remove frown lines and forehead creases. Fine lines and photodamage can be improved with DW Retinol Intensive or DW Retinol-Lite. Fight wrinkles with DW Relax Wrinkle Reduction Therapy with peptides.
Being under stress causes increased blood flow, making the skin red and ruddy. Anti-inflammatory creams such as DW Calming cream or SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex can decrease the unsightly appearance of facial capillaries. VariLite Laser® Treatments and IPL Rejuvenation® can zap these tiny blood vessels and reduce redness.
Stress causes inflammation, which can increase breakouts. Treat the skin with a lotion that contains salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and glycolic acid such as the DW Acne pack. These will exfoliate the skin, fight bacteria, and calm the redness during breakouts.
- Tired eyes:
Stress can cause sleepless nights, leading to puffy eyes and dark circles. Use cold cucumber slices, which will act as tiny icepacks, constricting the blood vessels that bring fluid to the area. Eye creams and serums such as DW Intensive Eye Lightening Cream, DW Hydrating Eye Serum, Teamine Eye Complex, and Skin Medica TNS Eye Repair greatly improve dark circles and tone and texture of the skin.
Take the Next Step
If you are beginning to notice those tell-tale signs of stress, or you simply want to be proactive in the fight again damaged skin, call Diane Walder Dermatology at 305.866.2177 to schedule your personal consultation. Our skin care specialists will answer all of your questions, perform a comprehensive skin evaluation, and develop a regime tailored to your specific needs.