We’ve been told that stress irritates our skin and creates breakouts. Do you ever wonder why our skin is so sensitive to our emotions? You may have experienced having acne on and off for a long time even though you are investing in skincare. Currently science tells us, our skin’s irritation is a sign of our body telling us something is wrong. Then, how does our happiness level impact our skin?
How does stress affect our skin?
When stressed, cortisol, also known as stress hormone, increases its number. It impacts sebum production, which leads to acne breakouts. Stress can also trigger skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis to flare up.
It can also impact our skin ageing and hair loss. Stress hormones break down collagen and elastin, intervene in skin revitalisation, speed up skin ageing, and produce more fine lines and wrinkles.
How does happiness affect our skin?
While negative emotion can damage our skin, positive emotion helps improve our health. Happiness hormones such as dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin are released when we are happy.
So, how do these hormones benefit our skin?
- Endorphins speed up skin regeneration and wound healing and improve the skin barrier function.
- Serotonin increases anti-inflammatory responses.
- Oxytocin boosts immune function.
- Dopamine promotes the recovery of skin barrier health.
If you have been struggling with treating acne, perhaps it’s time to look at your mental well-being. Give some simple questions to yourself. Are you stressed lately? Did you have any events that made you anxious? Are you feeling unmotivated?
Keep in mind that our skin reflects our inner state of being. Stress is stressful already, and we don’t want extra breakouts to cause more stress. Make time today to relax and ease your stress with Dead Sea Dream products.