During times of uncertainty it is understandable that we become stressed. It is a natural emotion that overtakes our entire body however also has some negative affects to our bodies.
Our bodies communicate with our brains during an inflammatory response, making the relationship between our emotions and how our body functions significant.
Stress causes a chemical response from your body that reduces the protective barrier located in your skin, making it more sensitive and reactive to the environment around it. Therefore, when we become stressed our skin is more likely to react by breaking out in pimples or acne.
If you suffer from skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, stress can aggravate the condition causing it to trigger a flare up. Flare ups are a response that our bodies give off when the chemicals of stress are communicated to our brain and throughout our bodies.
Becoming stressed is inevitable, however how we manage ourselves and our emotions around the stress is pivotal in controlling the chemicals and its reaction on your skin. Grahams Natural has put together a guide for how to manage your skin condition when stress occurs:
Stress and the Skin – How to help:
- Self-care is important during these stressful times. Ensuring you are practicing your deep breathing and listening to soothing music will help to reduce the stress caused by outside noise.
- Fresh Air is important to distract your mind from the negative stress emotions. Nature is always a great distraction as you are immersed in the fresh air and world that is larger than you.
- Skin Relief. If you suffer from skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis or Rosacea then ensuring you are using products that provide relief when a potential flare up could occur, is essential.
- Sleep is an important factor when your body is trying to handle emotions and many skin condition sufferers understand that sleep can become hard when your skin is dry and itchy. But combined with a good skin cream, sleep can become easy and start to aid in the management of stress.
Stress and feeling anxious in these times of uncertainty are understandable – but ensuring you are prioritizing self-care is important for the health and well-being of your body and skin.