Recent statistics reveal that South Africa is one of the most stressed-out nations in the world. We know that this can have negative consequences for our health – high stress levels are to blame for many physical and psychological problems and can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, depression and gastrointestinal issues.
Our skin is not exempt from the effects of stress. There are several ways that it can cause problems pertaining to your complexion. Here are three of the most common concerns facing stressed skin and how you can treat them.
It can make skin greasier
During times of stress, your glands can produce more sebum than usual. This results in an oilier complexion and can lead to breakouts. Add a pore-clearing mask to your routine, using it every few days, and use daily products designed with oily skin in mind. Look for ingredients such as niacinamide and salicylic acid.
It can aggravate existing conditions
Are you someone who struggles with skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis or rosacea? When your stress levels are high, flare-ups can be triggered. As such, you should switch to gentle skincare products that will soothe your complexion. Centella Asiatica – or cica – is one ingredient known for its calming properties.
It can slow down healing
Blemishes usually clear up after a few days with little to no intervention necessary. One thing that excessive stress levels can do is slow down the skin’s ability to heal itself and increase inflammation. Skincare ingredients that assist in speedy wound healing include ceramides, vitamin E, shea butter and aloe.
One obvious way that you can minimise your and your skin’s suffering is to work on your tension levels.
Of course, this is easier said than done! Some ways to lower anxiety include indulging in self-care, practising mindfulness and meditation and expressing your emotions through journalling. If your constant worry persists, it’s best to visit a professional for help.