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Common Stressors and How They Affect Your Skin

woman stress skincare winter parkIf you’re anything like us, you can’t believe the summer is over already. The world seems to move a little bit slower in the summertime: people lingering on the beach to soak up the sun, hosting afternoon cookouts with their friends and families, taking a little extra time out for self-care and vacation. That’s not to say we don’t love all the pumpkin spice and slightly longer tee shirts of a Florida fall, but there’s no denying that everyone is just getting into their busy season. 

With a full schedule comes stress, and with stress comes a number of surprising problems. Did you know that stress can affect your physical health in a number of ways? Read on to learn more about the big stressors that come when the summer is over. 

What’s got you stressed?

Not all stressors are the same. As you may have heard before, there’s “good stress” and “bad stress.” The truth is, both good and bad stressors produce the same hormonal reaction in your body. Stress, which comes from a perceived threat, causes the release of cortisol, which alters your blood pressure and gives you a burst of energy to deal with whatever is threatening you. That threat could come in a good form, like going to a job interview or riding a roller coaster. It could also come in a negative form, especially if you’re experiencing it for extended periods of time. 

Your body is designed to handle short bursts of stress, but when your body is constantly producing cortisol, that’s when you start to experience negative physical effects. Some common causes of chronic stress during the fall season are:

  • Pressure from an overloaded school workload
  • Working in a toxic environment
  • Dealing with negative relationships
  • Public speaking or other large events

If you manage to work in time for care and relaxation, you should be able to avoid the worst of what stress can bring. Still, if you’re feeling burnt out, overwhelmed, or exhausted, your body is probably showing the signs of stress.

How stress manifests

Wondering what happens to your body when it’s under duress for extended periods of time? Here are just a few effects:

You’ll probably have more breakouts

Cortisol triggers the production of excess oil. While this is meant to work as a protective barrier from whatever is stressing you out, it usually winds up causing clogged pores and inflamed acne. You’ll probably notice that you have a few extra zits. Whatever you do, don’t pick. Popping your acne will cause that bacteria to spread and cause an even more severe breakout.

Your current issues will be aggravated

Don’t have acne? You may notice that other skin conditions tend to worsen. If you have rosacea, you may notice your face looks a little redder than usual. If you have eczema or psoriasis, you may experience more itching and flaking. You may even find that you develop a stress rash or hives in response to a big trigger.

You may not keep up with your skincare routine

At the end of a long day, you may just want to kick off your heels and go straight to bed. If you do that too many days in a row, though, you may find your skin in bad condition. Even when you’re at your sleepiest, it’s important that you remove your makeup and follow your daily skin regimen to help you manage your results. 

Sometimes stress is just a fact of life, but do be sure you’re not subjecting yourself to unnecessary stress on a daily basis. If you find yourself going through any of the symptoms of stress listed above, it’s time to reevaluate your daily schedule. Make sure you’re not overloading yourself with work, and consider your environment. It’s also important to take some time for yourself and give your skin a little TLC to help restart the healing process. To learn more or to schedule your anti-stress facial treatment, call Samano Aesthetics skincare in Winter Park at 321-397-0692.

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