How Does Stress Affect Your Skin?

One constant in our everyday lives is stress. Stress can wreak havoc on your skin, causing things like breakouts, red flaky skin and slower healing time.

Too much stress wears on our immune systems, making us more susceptible to skin infections and causing the skin’s healing process to take longer than usual. And, because stress stimulates our nervous system and increases blood flow to the brain and muscles by 400%, skin issues including acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis are all directly linked to stress levels.

While we can’t avoid the stress of work, bills, and life, we can minimize the effects of stress on our appearance. If you’re dealing with stress-induced skin issues, the experts at Timeless Skin Solutions can consult with you and help determine the best course of treatment and products for you. Using medical-grade products like those available at Timeless—such as SkinMedica, Obagi, Colorescience—we can offer the most effective treatments for your skin, no matter what issue you may be experiencing.

 

WHAT’S THE ISSUE?

Dry Flaky Skin
Dry flaky skin is often caused by dehydration, and studies show that high levels of anxiety can deplete the skin’s natural moisture reserves. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day and, in the meantime, try adding a hydrator rather than a moisturizer to your skincare routine. Hydrating products contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring ingredient that pulls moisture into the skin, creating a desirable glow. Try the HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator to immediately smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and support the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid. Dr. Mindy Jacques recommends a combination of SilkPeel Dermalinfusions and Dermaplanes to treat dry flaky skin.

Acne Breakout
Stress can throw off your hormone balance and cause acne to flare up. You’ll want to work acne treatments containing things like decongesting salicylic acid and bacteria-killing benzoyl peroxide into your routine. We recommend SkinMedica Facial Cleanser to remove environmental pollutants, excess oil and makeup, paired with SkinMedica’s Acne Treatment Lotion to reduce the number of acne blemishes.  Consider using the Clarisonic brush to cleanse the skin with its ability to clean the skin 6x better than hands alone.

Eczema or Rosacea
Stress can easily worsen pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea. Calm and soothe sensitive skin and neutralize the appearance of redness with a medical-grade product such as Colorescience All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector, or SkinMedica Redness Relief CalmPlex, a moisturizer clinically shown to reduce the appearance of facial redness. Dr. Erin Olah suggests IPL/Genesis to treat stubborn rosacea effectively with no-downtime.

Is stress showing up on your skin? Our knowledgeable staff can help you identify particular skin issues you may be facing in order to treat them. Let us help you be better than your best.

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