Stress Spots: Why stress is your skin’s biggest enemy and what you can get rid of it

Stress Spots: Why stress is your skin’s biggest enemy and what you can get rid of it

Stress Spots: Why stress is your skin’s biggest enemy and what you can get rid of it

Our modern lives are characterized by an ever increased level of responsibilities and a faster pace of day to day living. Personal life changes, and the challenges of balancing work with family and social life and household chores, all mean that our minds and bodies are being subjected to more and more stress. 

The last thing you want during high-stress times is to worry about the state of your skin and panicking whenever you have an upcoming social occasion because of it. Unfortunately, there is a direct relationship between stress and spots, since the tension manifests internally in our bodies on the hormonal level. Stress-related hormones like cortisol leads your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, making your skin more prone to acne, and more sensitive and reactive to external factors in general.

Fortunately, there are ways to relax and get the best skin of your life at the same time.

Neutrogena experts recommend the following ways to help you relieve your stress, and lighten the burden off your delicate skin.

  1. Give yourself time to relax

Many different techniques such as yoga and meditation, or just a good bath, can help you relax and manage your stress. Relaxing will give you a state of restfulness and reduces the stress hormones such as cortisol and noradrenaline that wreck your body on the long term and contribute in spots breakouts.

  1. Get 8 hours of sleep every night

Feeling tired increases the stress levels as it deprives your body of its needed rest. It’s very important to get a full night’s rest everyday as it doesn’t just give your body the chance to recharge, but also lowers your body sugar, optimizes your hormone production and even lowers your risk of heart disease and breast cancer. 

  1. Adopt a good skin care routine

A good skin care routine can help you relieve your skin from the signs of stress and tiredness. Treating your skin on a daily basis also helps you treat and prevent breakouts and restore your skin’s natural barriers. Browse our Expert Centre articles to learn more on how to follow a successful skin care routine!

  1. Eat healthy and work out

We all know that working out reduces stress in many ways – and so does eating healthy. While no explanation is needed on why one needs to eat healthy, it’s important to mention that exercising reduces your cortisol levels, and promotes the production of neurohormones like norepinephrine that are associated with improved cognitive function, elevated mood and learning – all the things that are great for your mental and physical health!