The Connection Between Stress And The Skin
Ah, girl, life can be stressful. Things going left when they should have gone right and on top of it, you have bills to pay. You barely got enough sleep last night and now you are running late to work. Then you realize *gasp!* your face is as red as a tomato and itchy as can be. BUT WHY?! When it rains, it pours sometimes honey - your stress has caused a reaction on your face--a skin condition exposing itself right the heck now.
But before you get even more stressed, let’s take a minute to break down the correlation between stress and skin conditions so you can get a better hold on how to prevent them in the future!
It's true, stress affects your whole body--including your hair, nails, and skin. It causes a chemical reaction where your body makes hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to produce more oil. This process makes skin more sensitive and reactive, as oily skin is more prone to acne and other skin problems.
Stress can also make current skin conditions worse, aggravating psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, causing hives and other types of skin rashes (aka the tomato situation!), and even triggering a flare-up of fever blisters.
Let's dive even further...
This is a skin condition in which your skin will produce red and scaly patches typically on the scalp, elbows, and knees (but it can really happen anywhere.) Stress is a large factor in the appearance of psoriasis due to the person usually anxiously touching those areas over and over again and the chemical response your body naturally releases when you’re stressed.
Rough, itchy, red patches of skin will appear throughout the body when dealing with eczema. Your skin can end up cracking and blistering if severe enough or not taken care of. Once again, eczema flare-ups are mostly stress-induced. They can go away within a day or so, but that just means they can pop up just as quick when stressful situations occur.
Another super common skin condition if you have sensitive skin and get stressed easily. I personally used to suffer from hives ALL THE TIME before I created Rose Gold Face Oil (hi, this is the founder of Essential Rose here :)). When stress occurs, the hormones in our body go into overdrive, create chemical reactions in our pores, and manifest as big, itchy, red and white spots. Even worse, hives and rashes tend to spread and take up more space than psoriasis and eczema, which tend to stay within the same region.
Now...what can you do about it?! First things first, switching to skin-care products that also promote inner calm through essential oils used in aromatherapy is a powerful way to ensure you're taking care of your skin and wellbeing. As I mentioned above, I created Rose Gold Face Oil for my own skin because I desperately needed something to prevent hives, reduce redness, and also give me instant calm.
Rose Gold Face Oil combines active plant ingredients, such as Jojoba, Pomegranate, Rosehip and Argan Oils, that are chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. These nourish, soothe, and regenerate skin on a cellular level, combatting redness and rosacea, balancing the skin's natural oil production, and reducing dry and itchy skin. Even better? Essential oils of Rose and Rose Geranium reduce stress and anxiety and symptoms of depression.
All of those essential *wink* ingredients keep us prepared for when we have those days or weeks when we get stressed and our skin typically can’t do anything but show it. And, when you combine them with the Rose Gold Mantra (found on the product label) and take time to recite during each use, "I nourish myself on a cellular level," you actually create a self-care ritual that supports inner peace and self-connection while enhancing that outer glow.
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