October 16, 2021
As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are being relaxed across Sydney in varying degrees, we know the added freedom brings a time of excitement and joy for some people. For other people, these changes can cause stress and worry, with re-adjustment being difficult for our mental health. Regardless of how you view the easing of lockdown, we're still living through a period of high stress and uncertainty, so building or maintaining a healthy lifestyle and reducing your stress l is key.
Stress can affect your whole body, including your hair, nails, and skin. Since stress is a part of life, what matters is how you handle it.
Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes the skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.
If you've ever had a pimple or a cold sore show up right before a job interview or a big date, you already know that stress can affect your skin. After all, the signs of stress can be physical as well as mental, and they can appear anywhere on your body.
Many skin condition and skin problems are the result of chemical and hormonal changes caused by stress. That can include having a skin rash, hives, and pimples. For example, your body's cortisol levels increase when you're tense, which gives you oily skin and more prone to acne.
Stress can also aggravate psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema.
While stress and our stress response is an unavoidable part of life, you may be able to reduce the impact it has on your comfort and appearance.
1. Understand the interactions. Stress can be the direct cause of what's going on with your skin. It can also slow down wound healing regardless of what caused your symptoms. Plus, skin troubles can cause more stress and anxiety, creating an unfortunate cycle of skin irritation.
2. Cleanse skin carefully. Scrubbing too hard can damage skin more. Wash gently and be sure to select products for your skin type. Where possible try to use sustainable skincare products that don't damage the environment, and are kind to your skin.
3. Relieve itching. Resist the urge to scratch. Keeping your hands off your skin helps to prevent scarring, and reduces the risk of spreading any infection. Antihistamines and cold compresses are safer ways to soothe itching and burning.
4. Talk with your doctor. If your symptoms don't clear up within a few days, call your doctor for an appointment. That way, you can rule out potentially serious causes like allergies.
5. See a specialist. If your doctor is unable to eliminate your symptoms with treatments such as antibiotics and prescription antihistamines, they may refer you to a dermatologist. A dermatologist can provide further tests and treatments.
6. Take your time. Skin conditions often need a while to heal fully. Follow your doctor's recommendations and continue taking medication as prescribed even if you think your skin looks better.
1. Exercise regularly. There are many ways to deal with stress constructively, and physical activity is a great option. Plan workouts you'll look forward to, like dance classes or playing tennis.
2. Sleep well. Proper rest is also essential. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Go to bed and rise on a consistent schedule.
3. Eat a balanced diet. Your skin needs nourishment just like the rest of your body. Avoid crash diets and too much processed food. Consume at least 7 servings of vegetables and fruits a day, along with adequate protein and healthy fats.
4. Talk it out. It helps to have someone you can confide in. Call a friend when you need validation and support. Consider seeing a therapist if you think it would help you deal with recurring issues.
5. Limit alcohol and caffeine. Cocktails and fancy coffee drinks can be tempting when you're under pressure. Unfortunately, alcohol and caffeine can also aggravate skin conditions. Drink in moderation or substitute water and herbal teas instead.
6. Practice relaxation techniques. Experiment with methods that encourage refreshment and recovery until you find what works for you. You might want to start a daily meditation practice or take a warm bath when you return home from work.
7. Keep a journal. Writing about your feelings may also be useful. A journal can help you to track how your emotions may be affecting your skin.
Rough days at the office and visits from your in-laws don't have to take a toll on your epidermis. Protect your skin health with regular maintenance, a good skincare routine, appropriate medical care, and a healthy dose of stress management.
September 17, 2021
Wearing a face mask has become part of our daily routine. It’s now required in many public places, such as restaurants and grocery stores. Masks can cause problems that range from acne and peeling skin to rashes and itchiness.
Check out Ecosophist tips to prevent face mask skin problems.
August 15, 2021