Have you ever noticed that when you get really stressed out, your skin is affected?
When you’re scrambling to meet deadlines, overwhelmed and worried about stuff you’ll notice blemishes, cold sores, hives, and other nasty problems appearing on your skin. Ahhh! Just as stress affects your brain, it affects your body and even worse, can get in the way of clear skin. In this post you will discover how stress can cause havoc to your skin, hair and body and the best ways to treat and relieve each condition.
During times of stress, the body will produce more of the hormone cortisol, which can stimulate the sebaceous glands in your skin to produce more sebum, or oil. Oil production is a natural process that keeps skin from drying out, but when there is excessive oil, dead skin cells can become trapped in the oil along with bacteria and dirt causing clogged pores and acne breakouts.
How to treat acne: To hydrate and heal your skin, try applying masks a couple of times per week. Yogurt, honey, cinnamon, essential oils and other ingredients can be used to create soothing masks that help to hydrate skin and fight acne.
Yogurt and Honey Mask from Dr. Axe: Mix one tablespoon of raw honey with one tablespoon of yogurt. Apply to face, paying particular attention to hairline, jawline and other acne prone areas. Relax for 10 minutes and gently wipe off with a damp cloth.
2. Cold Sores/Fever Blisters
Blisters and sores caused by the herpes simplex virus can break out around the mouth and lips when you’re stressed out. Yuck.
How to treat cold sores: Apply chilled lemon balm oil, an essential oil, to relive skin tingling, reduce the amount of blisters, and shorten the duration of a breakout.
3. Hair Shedding
There are many reasons for hair loss, including stress. Telogen effluvium is a condition where your body triggers more hairs than normal into the “rest phase” of the hair growth cycle, which is the phase immediately before shedding. This leads to large amounts of shedding in clumps. This can occur even months after a stressful event, such as planning for a wedding, having a new baby, buying a new home and so forth.
Making simple changes to your hair care can help prevent hair breakage that can eventually cause hair loss. Unfortunately, many shampoos and conditioners contain chemicals that can be harmful and drying to your hair. Luckily, both Pure Fiji’s shampoo and conditioner are free of parabens and sulfates, thus making them an excellent choice for healthy locks.
Some people engage in nervous behaviours when they’re stressed; biting your nails, ripping apart your split ends, and picking the skin. Sometimes these so-called tic behaviours are done without you realising it, so they can be tough to control. Unfortunately they can lead to permanent scarring.
Scars are the unfortunate, long-lasting after-effect of your short lived breakout. So what’s the best way to repair them? Dilo oil! Dilo oil is a pure oil that is readily absorbed through the skin. It contains a unique essential fatty acid; calophyllic acid, which works to regenerate skin cells, soothe irritation and reduce inflammation. The result: supercharged healing and repair for your acne scars.
How to care for acne scars: Apply Pure Fiji's Anti-Aging Booster Dilo Oil before you apply your regular moisturiser.
Although food is a common cause for hives, stress can also trigger this type of allergic reaction that leads to round, red welts on the skin. Medication can often be used to treat a breakout of hives. If your rash is severe, consult with a doctor to determine the best treatment plan for you.
How to care for your rash:
- When you wash your skin, use warm water instead of hot.
- When drying your skin, never rub, always pat it dry.
- Spray the affected area with Pure Fiji Dilo Rescue Body Spray – it will help to soothe and hydrate the skin for 24 hours.
- Always let the rash breathe as much as possible – don’t cover it with clothing for long periods of time.
6. Worsening Psoriasis & Eczema
Stress can definitely make your psoriasis or eczema worse. Beneath your skin’s unstable mode is a burst of the hormone cortisol, which can take a toll on your immune system and wreak havoc on your previously blemish-free face. Control your stress by sticking to a healthy skin care routine.
Make sure you avoid long, hot showers and use a mild cleanser that is sulphate free like Pure Fiji’s Purifying Cleanser. It gently cleans the skin without stripping it and works amazingly well for acne prone skin. Remember to moisturise skin after showering as well.
Excessive sun is not the only cause of your wrinkles and worry lines. Stress can have a big impact on your body’s largest organ. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles by following a healthy diet, exercising and moisturising regularly, adopting a de-stressing routine, and using a hydrating serum.
Stress, in its many forms; whether it’s the environment, psychological, or physical is one of the most common triggers for skin issues. Take care of yourself by exercising, getting eight hours of sleep and making sure you have a good skin care routine using Pure Fiji’s natural skin care products. Drinking a lot of water and eating a well-balanced diet are important too, since your body can't handle stress well if it's not properly nourished. Do 5 reps of deep breathing every day. :)