De-stress Your Skin

From the report there are more than 52% of Millennials that they’ve lost sleep in the past month due to stress, and 44% of millennials report stress has made them angry or irritable. Meanwhile,  celebrities like Demi Lovato and Emma Stone have become the poster children for overcoming an anxiety disorder.

Stress has a negative impact on our skin. When our minds are anxious, this causes our hormone levels to spike, which in turn makes your skin more sensitive and reactive. This can lead to various skin conditions and aggravates any problems you already suffer from. In other words, when your mind is in a panic, so is your skin. That’s why when you’ve got something important coming up, you burst out in spots. The most helpful thing to do is to get to the root of your stress and find a way to manage it.

General stress does not cause skin conditions, but it certainly can worsen it.

Beauty brands have been pushing their anti-aging products on younger consumers, in an attempt to combat the superficial side effects of anxiety and stress. To find out what’s what, we spoke with one of our favorite dermatologists, Rebecca Kazin, MD, Medical Director of Johns Hopkins Dermatology and Cosmetic Center.

Is anxiety causing your skin condition? Not exactly. According to Dr. Kazin, “General stress does not cause skin conditions, but it certainly can worsen it.” Basically, the side effects of anxiety – such as not taking good care of yourself, staying up nights, making your body work in overdrive to meet a deadline – can inflame a preexisting condition even more.

Millenial Skin Conditions

Dr. Kazin says she’s noticed an increase in skin stress among Millennial patients, especially when it comes to rosacrea and acne. We all want clear skin, and that’s part of the problem: millenials are “so focused on prevention that they tend to overcompensate and go overboard with certain products.” Dr. Kazin says the biggest culprits are products with a high dose of retinol, or are over-exfoliating.

Who’s at Risk

Fair-skinned Caucasians are most prone to premature aging. If you don’t take good care of yourself and eat right, that can wreak havoc on your skin. We all know that sun exposure, cigarette smoking and other lifestyle factors can contribute to how fast we age, but there’s another secret reason we can’t easily control—pollution. People who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from cancer than people who live in less-polluted areas.

What Should You Do?

Your first step to prevent skin stress is to “Be proactive”. The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the less repair work later. Maintenance is key.” However, just because you dig the packaging or promises on an SPF product, doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. “One product or active ingredient isn’t for every body,” so Dr. Kazin recommends you buy a small amount of a prospective brand and make sure it doesn’t aggravate your skin before you fully commit.

Beauty Brands are Right

Should you buy anti-aging serums and eye-cream as a young woman? absolutely: Prevention is key. Antioxidants help neutralize the skin stressors we face everyday. By slowing that process down, you are going to slow the collagen breakdown that causes aging.