Is exam stress stressing out your skin?
When we’re under stress and feeling the pressure, it can be the motivation we need to get focussed and dedicate the energy needed in situations like taking exams. However, as stress is a hormonal response in the body, it can negatively impact our skin. Breakouts anyone?!
Chronic stress is a top trigger for breakout development
Research has shown that breakouts are significantly associated with internal stress levels, and that chronic stress can make existing breakouts worse. How?
Chronic stress increases levels of stress-related hormones such as cortisol and sends skin’s sebaceous (oil) glands into overdrive, which mixes with dead skin cells and breakout-causing bacteria.
When skin is stressed, it also loses some of its ability to protect itself because its barrier becomes compromised. Cortisol lowers our natural production of Hyaluronic Acid, which dehydrates skin and increases the appearance of fine lines. Dehydration triggers even more production of excess sebum, which creates the perfect breeding ground for breakout-causing bacteria.
Stress management for healthier skin
For the sake of your skin and your overall health and wellbeing, make sure you prioritise some down time to reduce stress levels and clear the mind. Incorporate stress management and self-care activities such as yoga, deep breathing/meditation, regular exercise, quality sleep or using aromatherapy… even a quick walk with a friend during the day can help manage chronic stress. Cutting back on caffeine and sugar can also help manage breakouts, as can establishing a consistent skin care regimen that treats breakouts, dehydration and inflammation.
3 steps to calmer, clearer skin
Use a non-drying face wash with Salicylic Acid to help keep pores clear and reduce breakout formation. Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash deep cleans and purifies skin without stripping skin’s natural moisture. Use AM + PM.
Keep skin fresh and hydrated whilst minimising excess shine and large pores with Micro-Pore Mist. Niacinamide and Witch Hazel help to brighten skin and provide a pore tightening effect. Mist on throughout the day when you need a refreshing pick me up!
It’s a myth that oily, breakout prone skin doesn’t need to moisturise. As discussed above, dehydration can lead to more oil production and breakouts. Opt for a super light, oil free formula like Cooling Aqua Jelly. This cooling moisturiser’s water-like texture leaves skin feeling fresh and lightly hydrated.
The importance of good sleep
We know that during times of stress, it can be harder to get quality sleep. Sleep is a vital time for our skin. During the night-time our skin heals and repairs itself. If we do not get enough good quality sleep, this can exacerbate breakouts as well as reduce our ability to focus the next day. If you struggle to switch off at night, try Dermalogica’s Sound Sleep Cocoon. This lightweight gel-cream contains encapsulated, motion-activated French Lavender essential oil to help to promote a deep restful night’s sleep.
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