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April Blog Post - Effects of Stress on the Skin

There's nothing quite like a great facial! Many clients are curious about the products and techniques used. Some are more interested in how soon they will see results. There is often an indescribable, "can't quite put it into words" feeling after a facial. This is usually due to the levels of stress the client is not even aware they are holding before the facial!

Part of the initial consultation I perform is to discuss your current level of stress. Stress can create any number of skin conditions. If we are not careful, systemic stress-related conditions can become chronic and while the skin condition can be managed, there may not be a way to fully correct it.

Increased oil production is one of the ways the skin responds to stress.  Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone associated with the body's "fight or flight" response. Elevated cortisol levels can stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin to produce more oil, leading to an increase in sebum production. This can contribute to oily skin, clogged pores, and an increased risk of acne breakouts.

  1. Acne and Breakouts: Stress-induced changes in hormone levels, particularly cortisol and androgens, can exacerbate acne flare-ups. Increased oil production, inflammation, and impaired skin barrier function may contribute to the development of acne lesions, including pimples, blackheads, and cysts.

  2. Skin Sensitivity and Irritation: Stress can weaken the skin's natural barrier function, making it more susceptible to external irritants, allergens, and environmental pollutants. This can lead to heightened skin sensitivity, redness, inflammation, and an increased risk of allergic reactions or skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

  3. Delayed Wound Healing: Chronic stress has been shown to impair the body's ability to heal wounds and repair damaged tissues. High levels of cortisol can interfere with the inflammatory response, collagen synthesis, and immune function, slowing down the skin's healing process and prolonging recovery from injuries, cuts, or surgical procedures.

  4. Premature Aging: Prolonged exposure to stress can accelerate the aging process of the skin, leading to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Chronic stress can trigger oxidative stress and inflammation, which contribute to the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers, essential proteins that maintain the skin's firmness, elasticity, and youthful appearance.

  5. Poor Skin Hydration: Stress can disrupt the skin's natural moisture balance and impair its ability to retain water, resulting in dryness, dehydration, and rough texture. Stress-induced changes in the skin barrier function may compromise its ability to lock in moisture, leading to dry, flaky patches and an overall dull complexion.

  6. Hair and Scalp Issues: Stress can also affect the health of the scalp and hair follicles, leading to conditions such as dandruff, hair loss, and scalp inflammation. Increased cortisol levels may disrupt the hair growth cycle and contribute to telogen effluvium, a type of temporary hair shedding triggered by stress.

Overall, regular facials help to manage stress through massage, deep breathing and relaxation techniques. Between facials, be sure to implement a regular exercise routine, adequate sleep, and mindfulness practices that can help minimize the negative impact of stress on the skin and promote a healthy, radiant complexion. Additionally, adopting a consistent skincare routine at home, specifically tailored to your skin type and concerns can provide essential support in maintaining skin health during times of stress.

How often do you get a facial?

  • Every now and then

  • When I have a specific skin care concern

  • Quarterly or Seasonal - 4 Times per year

  • Once per month

Schedule The Signature Facial to experience the best of treatment and relaxation. Purchase a service plan of 6 to add to your stress management plan

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