Stress And Skin

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Try to eliminate some of the stress from your work, financial concerns or from family and relationships

One of the first places too much stress will show is on your face

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Stress And Skin

Stress And Skin Problems ~ By Dr. Ava Shamban for The Style Glossy

Stress And Skin

“What is happening with my skin? Why am I breaking out now?” If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.

Every day, women come into my office feeling frustrated, bewildered and unattractive, because they are experiencing acne breakouts along the jawline, chin and back. Ranging in age from 35 to 60, many tell us they never experienced acne before.

Why the sudden, dramatic blemishes? Stress -- from work, financial struggles, family and relationships. Science confirms that stress activates the adrenal system, which causes a hormone called cortisol to pump through the body (some of us are biologically wired to crank out especially high levels of cortisol when feeling besieged).

Stress And Skin

Cortisol stimulates the secretion of oil, and when that oil is combined with the omnipresent bacteria in your skin, the result can be those unsightly pimples.

Soothing and preventing an outbreak of acne requires a well-balanced approach that combines lifestyle adjustments, an appropriate skin care regimen, and in some cases, medical intervention.

The first step is a deep-cleansing treatment facial performed by a trained esthetician to remove oil, dirt, blackheads and whiteheads from your pores.

Or start with gentle exfoliating treatments at home, including microdermabrasion kits and peels, available over the counter. The important aspect of at-home treatments is to make sure that they are right for your skin and you’re not overdoing it. For example, when you use a facial scrub, don’t use a peel at the same time.

Next, add products to your skin care regimen that will help control your breakouts, such as a cleanser or cleansing pads containing salicylic or glycolic acid.

I have personally found exercise, yoga and acupuncture helpful in controlling an at times out-of-control skin problem. Even a simple breathing exercise or going for a walk can make a significant difference in how you feel emotionally. Add in a warm bath with aromatherapy candles for a lovely, soothing way to end a frantic day.

Stress And Skin
Dr. Ava Shamban is a board-certified dermatologist and the owner of the Laser Institute for Dermatology in Santa Monica, Calif. An assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA, she appears frequently on television, particularly as a skin care expert on “Extreme Makeover” and E!

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