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Skin reacts to stress—here are the telltale signs

You say you're fine but your skin's exposing all those pent-up feelings

It became harder to disconnect from school or work in the new normal—and we’re definitely stressed.

Don’t get us wrong, stress is normal. It’s our natural reaction to pressure. But what happens if it becomes chronic? Its effects range from mental to physical. While it can mess with our sleeping and eating habits which can lead to anxiety, depression and cardiovascular diseases, stress (and the way we cope with it) can also trigger skin problems.

“The more detrimental form of stress for the skin is the chronic kind of stress. The longer you endure stress, the more it takes a toll on your skin,” New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Browe told Huffpost.

It speeds up cellular aging

Our DNA strands have specialized protective caps on each end called telomeres. Longer telomeres mean we’re less prone to cellular aging. Though they naturally shorten over time, stress speeds up this process and causes our skin to age prematurely. Belle La Peau’s facial cleanser has anti-aging properties that help fight off wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps with refining our pores and rejuvenating our skin.

It slows skin’s healing process

When we’re stressed, our body produces cortisol—a type of hormone that weakens our immune system and causes the skin to produce more oil. Besides clogging pores and causing breakouts, oil can also inflame and aggravate existing skin conditions like cystic acne. Glycolic micropeel by Dermstrata addresses this by penetrating the skin deep enough to dissolve excess oil. This technique uses fruit acids and licorice which are ideal to get rid of acne, blackheads and whiteheads.

It worsens dark under-eye circles

We have different ways to cope with stress. Some oversleep while others barely do. Either way, they both contribute to eyebags. Both oversleeping and sleep deprivation causes the blood vessels under our eyes to constrict, which further leads to hyperpigmentation or swelling. Dermcare offers facial treatment with cucumber masks that may help reduce under-eye puffiness. This is mainly because cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties.


 

 

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