Stress can severely impact both our mental and emotional health, alongside the most visible place of all – our skin. If you believe that stress is starting to make an impact on your, or someone else’s, physical health, there are some quick ways to spot several warning signs.
With plenty of experience in aesthetic and skincare treatments, backed up by a DDS degree from Madrid University, Dr. Pamela Benito knows how important it is for her clients to look after their skin. Today, Dr. Pamela is revealing five ways stress can impact your skin.
1. Flaky skin – increased stress levels can lead to a decrease in our ability to look after ourselves correctly. For many people who are stressed at work, they are unlikely to take the time to ensure that they are drinking enough water, leading to dehydration and dry, flaky skin.
2. Acne – stress can lead to the release of the hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels promote the production of oils that clog the pores and leads to the development of inflammation and bacteria– resulting in acne. If you do notice the signs of acne, try creating a facemask of baking soda and honey to cleanse the skin.
3. Skin flare ups – if you have a pre-existing condition such as eczema or acne, stress can lead to flare ups and break outs. Stress causes bacterial imbalance which leads the breakouts in the skin. If you notice this happening, make sure you take warm – not hot – showers and moisturise straight after.
4. Redness – for some people, suffering from stress can lead to anxiety and panic attacks. Often, when we’re worried about something, we suffer from shortness of breath and forget to breathe slowly and calm down. This lack of oxygen can show up on our skin through red patches on our cheeks. If you do find yourself getting stressed, take some time and breathe slowly.
5. Wrinkles – stress speeds up the ageing process, meaning that frowning and scowling will be doing nothing for your skin. If you live a stressful and chaotic life, you may notice the signs of ageing at a young age. In order to avoid this from happening, try and declutter your life while making sure that you protect your skin with a proper skincare routine.
MORE ON DR. PAMELA BENITO
With over 10 years-experience as a Facial Aesthetics Specialist, Dr. Pamela Benito exceeds expectations as an aesthetics doctor through her innovative procedures and caring nature. After obtaining her DDS degree at Madrid University in 2006, she brought her specialist aesthetic practises to the UK. Her proven CV is backed-up by a sturdy academic career including an internship in the prestigious Aesthetic Postgraduate Program at New York University.
Dr. Pam’s experience has allowed her to provide high-quality facial aesthetic work in a diverse range of treatments. A caring practitioner, Dr. Pam has earned the trust and respect of her clients, and through personal consultations, she provides tailored treatment programmes to help them achieve their goals.
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