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Stress Effects on Black Skin

Is there a link between  stress and the appearance of our skin ?

You're probably familiar with the expressions "feeling stressed" and "feeling bad about yourself". They show a plausible link between our mental health and that of our skin.

But let's be honest, have you ever noticed the appearance of bags or dark circles under your eyes, eczema, hives or acne during a stressful period ? Before an important oral presentation or during a difficult family situation for example ?

Thanks to this guide, you will understand how these stress-related skin problems arise in our daily lives.

Moreover, the real question to ask yourself is "how can you bring your mind and body into harmony to have beautiful, smooth, radiant and blemish-free skin ? "You will discover in the following article our best anti-stress tips to prevent and limit their appearance.

What is stress ?

Heat stroke, sweating, clammy hands, heart palpitations, irritability: you've probably already felt one of these symptoms when faced with a stressful situation, right?

Stress is a personal feeling. From one individual to another, faced with a given situation, the stimulus and the degree of intensity of these symptoms is very varied. 

It can be linked to :

  • To our environment: tension with the people around us, frustration at work, financial problems...
  • Current events: the implementation of the curfew and the feeling of deprivation of freedom.
  • Our character: if you are stressed or demanding of yourself. 

However, you must know how to differentiate between acute stress related to a given moment and chronic stress that persists over several months. The latter is harmful to your health and your skin.

How does stress affect the skin ?

The nervous system and the skin have always been linked. At the beginning, when we were still an embryo, they were one: the ectoderm tissue.

Today, they are linked through numerous hormones, neuropeptides and inflammatory molecules.

Indeed, in case of stress, our organism synthesizes, for example, cortisol and/or adrenaline, which are stress hormones. Initially, they stimulate and increase the body's physical and intellectual faculties to help us overcome all types of situations.

However, when stress becomes chronic, it is then devastating for the skin. These same substances will diffuse in excess on the skin and disturb its balance.

Acne and stress - Black Skin

What is the impact of stress on the skin ?

Stress has a real impact on the skin. It can cause various skin complications:

Acne and stress :

Stress, through its production of hormones, neuropeptides and inflammatory molecules is able to increase the synthesis of sebum and thus create the appearance of acne pimples.

Dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and stress :

Skin dehydration and the alteration of skin fibers are consequences of the harmful effects of stress on the skin. The eye contour is a particularly sensitive and fragile area, and it will mark them more easily. This creates the appearance of dark circles, bags or fine lines.

We also note that stress can disrupt sleep and create insomnia. This can also accentuate the appearance of these problems.

Eczema and stress:

Stress can also lead to eczema (atopic dermatitis). Indeed, the strong presense of cortisol and inflammatory molecules disturb the immune system of the skin and thus causes the appearance of this inflammatory disease.

Hives and stress :

Hives are most often of allergic origin. However, there is also "nervous urticaria" which is linked to stress. Indeed, neuromediators and neuropeptides are also able to trigger it. Itchy, papular red patches appear on the body.

Hyperpigmentation spots and stress :

Stress can be responsible for the appearance of hyperpigmentation spots. Indeed, the synthesis of melanin can be deregulated by an excess of cortisol or a high concentration of inflammatory molecules.

My skin is affecting my mood, what can I do ?

As hard as it may be, the appearance of your skin should not affect your morale. If it does, it becomes a real vicious circle that you absolutely must be able to break.

Whether it is visible or not, the clinical aspect of a dermatosis can be judged as "embarrassing or complexing". Thus, it can itself be a source of new stress and therefore of the appearance of a new skin problem.

To learn more about this, we questioned our OYAs via a questionnaire directly through our Instagram account @in.oya . Of the 714 people who responded, 429 felt that their skin issues (acne, spots, eczema etc) created stress or an internal complex.

The majority responded that they had noticed new problems on their face and body as a result of this stress. The most common were the appearance of pimples, hyperpigmentation spots or eczema. Psoriasis, hives and scalp patches were also noted as triggers.  

We thus understand that stress can generate a dermatosis and that the reverse is quite possible. It is therefore preferable to adopt an anti-stress approach in order to fight, prevent and limit the appearance of skin problems.

How can I reduce my stress to have beautiful skin?

Stress management through personal development:

Above all, what is important to really reduce your stress is to determine its origin by asking yourself the right questions: 

  • Do you feel devalued or overworked?
  • Is there a particular situation in which you feel stressed or anxious?
  • Have you identified a toxic person in your environment?

Once you have analyzed the cause, take courage to overcome or move past it. Surround yourself with a healthy environment, do things that bring you pleasure. Believe in yourself, encourage yourself in difficult situations and congratulate yourself when you succeed.

If the result is not what you expected, learn from it so you can improve next time, but don't spiral into negative thinking. Thinking positive leads to positive.

Natural remedy against stress and skin problems

Anti-stress relaxation:

Feeling overwhelmed by your emotions? Take a few minutes out of your schedule and give yourself "relaxation minutes" to disconnect from this stressful environment.

There are a multitude of anti-stress activities with the same objective of finding a healthy harmony between your mind and your body. It's up to you to choose which one suits you best according to your sensitivity and convenience.

- Sophrology : Based on breathing and relaxation
- Yoga: Based on different postures and breathing
- Stretching: Based on stretching and breathing

You can do it as soon as you wake up, during your breakfast break or at night before going to sleep.

 - Acupuncture: Based on the use of needles

- Reflexology: Based on a massage that stimulates the reflex points of the arch of the foot (representing the mapping of the body)

This can be your weekly or monthly anti-stress appointment.

Anti-stress sport :

Once again, but not the least: A good sports session is a very good anti-stress remedy.

During your physical activity, you release hormones. Endorphins and dopamine. They provide well-being thanks to their anxiolytic, analgesic and anti-fatigue effects.

So don't wait any longer, take your sneakers or your swimsuit and work out!

Thirty minutes of sport 2 to 3 times a week is enough to feel the positive effects of a good regular physical activity.

An anti-stress skincare routine:

Treat yourself to an anti-stress, radiance-boosting or anti-fatigue beauty ritual.

An anti-stress diet:

Don't think directly about anxiolytics or food supplements. Some foods have a natural anti-stress effect. Rich in vitamin C and B, magnesium and omega 3, they improve emotional balance and stimulate the production of anti-depressive hormones such as dopamine, for example.

So think about including in your diet :

  • Dark chocolate
  • Fatty fish: Salmon, tuna or mackerel.
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Herbal teas with anxiolytic properties such as linden, lemon balm or passion flower.

You can thus understand the importance of being in symbiosis with your mind and body. Stress has a direct impact on the appearance of your skin. So to have a beautiful skin without imperfections we recommend you to adopt the positive attitude !

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