Skin. The Organ Left Behind.

February 17th, 2011 | Natural Remedies, Self Improvement

According to a 2009 American Psychological Association (APA) survey, 42 percent of Americans report that their stress has increased since the previous year.

When we feel stressed, our bodies ultimately don’t see our skin as important. Have you noticed people around you, or yourself for that matter, who are stressed for long periods of time often appear pale or sick? Your all-powerful mind seems to feel the need to put skin health aside to ensure the rest of your organs receive greater amounts of oxygen and nutrients. This allows your body to be able to respond quickly in any sort of situation. Stress has the same effect on your body whether it’s work stress or getting-attacked-by-a-bear stress, but the dangers come when you’re exposed to these stressful conditions for extended periods of time. Your body needs to be able to get away from whatever is causing it, but all too often, we simply don’t let it.

So what does this mean for your skin and how can you do something about it?

The outward signs of stress

When skin isn’t getting enough blood, it isn’t getting enough oxygen. All the beneficial nutrients your skin and body need are being pulled away from your skin and targeted at the more vital parts of your body. As a result, your skin can become dry, dull, and lifeless and not be able to heal effectively.

Stress also begins the increase of cortisol, the hormonal response to stress, which causes an increase in oil production in the skin that can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.

Stress is known to have a major negative impact on existing skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. As your skin cells become dry from stress, they shrink and open up little crevices into the skin. This allows harmful bacteria to penetrate the lower layers of your skin, which can potentially cause flare-ups of these irritating skin problems.

It seems like a vicious cycle, huh? Stress causes skin problems, which in turn cause more stress. But stress can easily be controlled and with just a couple adjustments in your day-to-day life.

How to handle it

So we can’t change the effects of stress, but we can change the amount of stress we expose ourselves to.

  • Get plenty of rest. Being tired is a surefire way to spend the day in your cranky pants, which will only cause things to not go your way and appear negative. A full night’s sleep will rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit. Remember, it’s a brand new day!
  • How about a spot of tea? Kava, lavender and chamomile all do wonders for stress relief and relaxation. Don’t just gulp it down, either. Take a deep breath and slowly drink a cup of your favorite while sitting on a big, comfy chair and savor each of the flavors and aromas as they waft around you. Oh, and feel free to add some organic honey if you like it a little sweeter.
  • Work it! Exercise is always cathartic. It’ll get the blood flowing to your entire body and include your skin, too. Plus as your skin sweats, it cleanses all the toxins that have been building up in your pores. Just remember to continue breathing, drink plenty of water and don’t over do it. Walking, yoga and stretching are all great low-impact exercises to calm the nerves and keep in shape.
  • Ohmmm. Studies show that meditation for just 30 minutes a day can calm the activity in the amygdala, the part of the brain associated with anxiety and stress.
  • Do what you want to do! What better stress reliever than simply casting off all the demands of the world each day and taking time to yourself. Read that book you’ve always wanted to read. Call your mom. Write a story. Enjoy a moment outside as if you don’t have a care in the world. Take a bubble bath surrounded by aromatic candles. Whatever you want to do, set aside a few moments a day to do just that.

Thank you for your interest in everything we are doing to make the lives of those around us a little better, a little clearer and a whole lot healthier.

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One response to “Skin. The Organ Left Behind.”

  1. Thank you again for this article. I enjoy reading them. Very important and true information.

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