How stress can impact your skin

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Have you ever wondered how stress in your life cause you to break out into skin rashes, worsen your acne and eczema?

There is a clear link between stress and its effect on the skin – below Dr Cherry explains the reasons why, and how to help.

How is your skin impacted by stress?

It is no secret that skin problems can significantly impact your mental wellbeing and self- esteem. But your state of mind and level of stress can also impact skin health.

  • If your body is in constant stress, it causes internal inflammation causing your immune system to respond and react. Your skin becomes more reactive and sensitive causing redness, hives and non-specific rashes. It is logical therefore that existing inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema can flare up in times of stress.
  • Acne breakouts occur as our bodies respond to stress by producing a hormone called cortisol which increases sebum (oil) production from the skin glands.
  • When we are stressed, we tend to frown a lot with a downturn mouth. If chronically expressed, can lead to permanent lines and creases.

How can you manage stress and stress-related skin problems?

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix or secret trick; simply supporting your overall health will help restore your skin:

  1. Stick to your daily skin routine no matter how stressed you are. The minimum requirement of skincare should include cleansing, moisturising, and using sunblock.
  2. Take time for yourself and do the things you enjoy: reading, massages, listening to music, Yoga, meditate.
  3. Take time to exercise: when you exercise, your brain releases endorphins which are feel-good hormones, which will improve your energy levels, memory and sense of well-being.
  4. Get enough sleep: try and get at least 7 hours of sleep. Sleep improves your mood, concentration, energy levels and boosts your immune system.
  5. Eat and drink well: A healthy, well-balanced diet and keeping well hydrated (2-2.5L of water a day)  helps your immune system and skin health, particularly in the drying winter months.
  6. Smile!  The saying ‘fake it until you make it’ is actually true. It has been shown that the simple act of smiling can bring about feelings of happiness and reduce stress, increasing the release of happy hormones, dopamine and serotonin in the body. This helps your skin health, with the added bonus of reducing wrinkles.

If you need support with your skin health or if you want to address lines and wrinkles, get in touch – 0203 8411815 | hello@23skin.co.uk

Or book online a skin consultation with one of our doctors.

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The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
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I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
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I had a wonderful experience at No23 Skin, the rooms were bright and airy, making you feel completely comfortable! Overall l left feeling very calm and relaxed! It’s so wonderful to be in the hands of amazing Doctorsread more
Briana Anoff
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Had a great experience at No 23 Skin. The doctor helped me feel really at ease and whole atmosphere was warm. Great location too. Can’t wait to go back for my facial in a few weeks!
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What a lovely find No.23 Skin is, this was my first facial post lockdown and I picked the perfect place. It is in beautiful location just off High St Ken and whilst being luxurious it was also welcoming and warm. I selected the anti-aging facial and Cecilia tailored it especially to my skin concerns. She had had such a great touch and I was relaxed from the first minute. Facial included a fabulous massage and a LED light treatment (this is a must) and after 75 mins I left with glowing skin! It’s been over two weeks and my skin still looks fresh and dewy.Next appointment is with Dr Armstrong for my wrinkle treatment. Will then be Christmas party ready!read more
Rebecca Pick
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The team at No.23 Skin are really helpful, warm and knowledgeable. I went in for a pregnancy facial with Cecilia and she helped me with some very annoying milia that have been troubling me around my eyes for ages and nobody else would help with.I was also able to have a pregnancy safe peel which has left me with smoother skin with a more even tone. Would really recommend!read more
Petrie Randles
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Couldn't have asked for better care. Professional and friendly. Highly recommend.
Cameron Tudor
month ago
I am delighted to have Dr Cherry looking after my skin. She inspires confidence, and the personal service provided by No. 23 Skin is wonderful.
Debbie Charkham
month ago