Stress can have a major impact on our skin, which in turn leads to more stress as we worry over our appearance on top of everything else. It’s a vicious cycle, but luckily there are ways to combat the effects of stress on the skin. Dr. Melda Isaac of MI Skin Dermatology in Washington, DC offers skin care consultations and various dermatologic remedies to help keep skin looking healthy and youthful no matter what.
It’s important to remember that there are different types of stress, and each will affect your skin differently. Short term and long term stressors have different effects on the body, which in turn creates different kinds of problems in the skin and overall health as well. In addition to finding an appropriate skin care regimen, finding ways to lessen stress in your life will help you to become happier and healthier.
Effects of Short Term Stress on the Skin
Short term stress, such as a big presentation or a minor car accident, doesn’t last long but it does cause a major uptick in stress levels and thus, can wreak havoc on the skin. In particular, stressing about an upcoming event can cause the skin to become dry, dull, and tired-looking, and can exacerbate existing conditions, such as acne. Even if you are not acne-prone, you may notice hormonal zits on the chin start to appear.
The first thing to do when you start to experience this kind of stress is to slow down and try to do some kind of stress-combating activity, such as yoga or exercise, or even just try to take 10 minutes a day to breathe deeply and relax. Then, you can focus on trying to tailor your skincare to your specific problems. Exfoliators and deeply hydrating moisturizers can help to revive tired, dull skin, and a facial can both target skin concerns and provide a relaxing, soothing environment in which to de-stress.
Combat Long Term Stress Effects on the Skin
Long term stress, such as an ailing family member or ongoing marital problems, can affect the skin just as badly as short term stress. Long term stress causes long term problems in the skin, most notably the breakdown of collagen, which is necessary to help keep skin elastic and youthful. When the skin produces less collagen, it leads to skin laxity and wrinkles, which can make a stressed person look older than they really are.
Dr. Isaac offers a variety of methods to help combat skin laxity and wrinkles, including volumizing fillers, such as Radiesse, Juvederm, or Restylane, and neuromodulators, such as Botox. Treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels can also help to combat early collagen loss and signs of aging.
Don’t let stress rule your life or your skin – you can take steps to minimize the damage, both emotional and physical, that stress causes. Let your dermatologist help with getting your skin in top shape, and take back control of your life!
Schedule a Skin Care Consultation Today
If you are noticing the effects of stress on your skin, don’t hesitate to contact MI Skin Dermatology. To learn more about keeping your skin youthful and healthy and to schedule your appointment today, call us at 202.393.SKIN.