moisturize to protect skin from stress

Protecting Your Skin from Stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems.To encourage healthy skin and a healthy mindset take steps to manage your stress.


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Seek Shade

Spending time outdoors is a great way to relax, but too much sun can cause cancer and premature aging. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher year round.


Calm Inflammation

Increases in the stress hormone cortisol triggers inflammation, along with the production of more oil and sebum. Apply products that are appropriate for your skin type to hydrate and balance your skin.


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Use Restraint 

On the other hand, be careful about overtreating your skin. That’s especially important when it seems more sensitive than usual. Stick to the basics and give it time to heal.


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Watch Your Hands

Feeling anxious can make you fidget. You might touch blemishes and cuts without even realizing it. Wash your hands frequently and keep them off your face.


See Your Doctor

Stress aggravates many skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and eczema. Discuss your symptoms with your family physician or ask for a referral to a dermatologist.