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Ask Dr. Schultz | Skin Care Guides | Stressed Out Skin

Stressed Out Skin

We all feel stress, and we all feel it in different ways. But did you know that stress also affects your skin?

Well, of course it does! The stress organ, aka the adrenal gland, secretes a stress hormone called cortisol. Every time that your adrenal gland makes cortisol, it also leaks out other hormones which affect your skin. For women, in particular, this release causes breakouts, blemishes, and can also change the tone of your skin. Yikes...

Short-Term Stress Relief

So, understandably, you aren't going to rid yourself of your stress within a day, and all of those skin issues that have surfaced aren't going to magically disappear either. As you work on relieving your stress you can also work on relieving your skin of any unwanted breakouts and blemishes.

And the magic word is...

You know what I am going to say: exfoliate. Just as a massage works away those knots in your shoulders, daily exfoliation will reduce blemishes, sooth breakouts, and even prevent these stressful side effects from happening.

Pamper Yourself

Turn your skincare routine into a 15-minute spa treatment; it's a great way to squeeze in a bit of pampering (and stress relief). Take a little bit more time to massage your face with your fingertips a bit as you are working in that cleanser, exfoliant, or antioxidant. Slow down a bit, instead of rushing off to bed. I know it's not that same as heading to the spa for that 60-minute facial but, hey, imagination is a powerful thing and, sometimes, a few extra minutes are all it takes to make you breath a little easier.

Have any good de-stressing skincare tricks? Please share!

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