Your Stressful Job Is Ruining Your Skin
The struggle to find balance and manage stress at work and at home, is affecting our health. The global organization for stress (yep, we have gotten to the point where one of these exists) report that 75% of adult’s experience moderate to high levels of stress, with 80% of workers reporting that they feel stress at work.
Chronic or prolonged stress, can have any number of detrimental effects like high blood pressure, heart problems, depression or anxiety. But, it’s not just your internal organs and mental health at risk, your skin as your largest organ is at risk too.
What is that prolonged stress response doing to your skin?
One of the body’s stress responses is to release cortisol. When this happens, there is an increase in sugar levels in the blood, causing a process called glycation. Glycation is damaging to collagen and collagen is responsible for the strength and structure of your skin, and for keeping sagging skin and wrinkles at bay. An over-abundance of cortisol decreases the natural moisturizers in your skin which can lead to dry skin, or increase your skins oil production - leading to acne causing bacteria.
Stress weakens your immune function in your skin, which can lead to triggering skin flushing, known as rosacea or redness of the face, as well as making any underlying skin conditions flare up and last longer like eczema, psoriasis or acne. This weakening of the function of the skin also extends to the barrier function, so stressed skin can’t protect the body as well as it normally would. This weakening of the skin can leave you with dry, itchy skin the surface of your face and a dull looking complexion, not exactly the picture of health.
Reducing the stress response
While reducing the amount of stress that we experience in our lives should be the goal, it isn’t always practical or possible in the short term. Research undertaken on understanding the relationship between psychological stress and the skin, has shown that having the power to control your body’s stress response on your skin can actually help with lowering the overall stress you are experiencing.
Some options for dealing with stressed skin are to choose a gentle cleanser that is able to deal with bacteria but also moisturize the skin followed with a topical exfoliant, something that has alpha hydroxy acid in it, as well as a good moisturizing agent. Doing this will help to gently remove all those dead skin cells without stripping your skin of moisture, while handling any bacteria build up you might be developing that will lead to blackheads and pimples.
We recommend the Sub & Tarctic Exfoliating Gel followed up by the Sub & Tarctic Skin Treatment. This double act uses the natural properties of Manuka Honey to deal with bacteria, a natural exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and can be used three times a week to keep on top of stressed skin, brighten your complexion and keep acne and dry skin at bay. One less thing to stress about!
References used for this information:
Chae S, Kim D, Kim E, Choi E. Psychological stress deteriorates skin barrier function by activation of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase-1 as well as endogenous glucocorticoids. Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Kangwon-do, Republic of Korea.
Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection: The All-natural, Inside-out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, and Improving Skin Tone. Shawn Talbott, Hunter House, 2007.
Jindal S. 2017 Trend: Damsels in De-Stress. Mintel, 2017.
The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, vol. 74 (5), pp. 1017-1020, May, 2016.