Dr Lancer’s Skin Reality Stress & How it Impacts the Skin – Medical Version
Stress & How it Impacts the Skin – Medical Version
How often do you say you’re stressed? Twice a week? Every day? If it’s every day, you may need to stop and think about what that really means for your body. Sure, you feel overwhelmed in the moment. There’s just not enough time in the day to do everything on your list, but stress can lead to more serious consequences if it lasts for too long.
When we’re stressed, our body’s nervous system orders the release of three major stress hormones: Cortisol, Adrenaline and Noradrenaline. These stress horomones are the same hormones that trigger the body’s flight or fight response, helping you cope with the “danger” you’re supposed to be experiencing. Stress comes in various forms – mental, physical and emotional. Therefore, stress can have a different definition for each person. Either way, If stress is recurring, it can cause the following issues:
Heachaches, heartburn, rapid breathing, risk of heart attack, fertility problems, low sex drive, stomach issues, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression, insomnia and changes in the skin.
When it comes to skin and stress, Cortisol and Testosterone are the two stress hormones that cause the skin to react. Stress can cause your skin to turn stone cold because of vascular tightening. Your fingers, toes and skin may feel icy as the hair on your arms stand up. Looking closely at your skin, you may see enlarged pores and your face might look flushed. Stress also causes an increase in oil production, perspiration and the repair mechanism of the skin is likely to alter. Skin does not repair at the same rate as it does when you’re relaxed. In addition, stress influences blood flow and oxygen flow to the skin, and alters the cooling and heating functions of the body.
To help control stress and its effects, I recommend eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, exercise, deep breathing, meditation or whatever calms your soul, and committing to following a skincare routine that benefits your skin.
Your skin is constantly changing because of hormonal shifting, so what you may need for your skin can differ from second to second. Sometimes you’ll use The Method: Cleanse Sensitive-Dehydrated twice daily with The Method: Polish Normal-Combination, or you might stick to using The Method Normal-Combination kit. Whatever your skin calls for, there are 3 types for The Method: Normal Combination Skin, Sensitive Dehydrated Skin and the Oily Congested skin.
In terms of what you would use, it all depends on environmental, personal, psychiatric stress at the moment as well as skin type.