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I have spent many years learning and understanding skin health; what causes certain skin conditions, and how we treat them. Most people are aware that what you put in your body will have an affect on your skin; have you ever thought about what’s already inside of your body that also affects the skin?
The Endocrine system is a network of glands that regulate your growth, metabolism and hormones. What does this have to do with your skin? Everything!
Because our bodies are very complex, it would take a while to explain. In this article, we are going to sum it up nicely so you don’t wonder away..
High levels of stress in your life manifest many skin conditions. When we are using our “fight or flight” adrenaline to cope with high levels of stress, we use up the bodies reserves of certain hormones that help regulate many different functions. This leaves them depleted or exhausted. Some people know this as adrenal fatigue syndrome.
I personally have struggled with high levels of stress and much accumulated adrenal fatigue over the years. This has prompted my interest in the study of stress and the effects it has on the body.
There is an orchestra of hormones that course through the blood stream effecting all areas of the body. This blood stream is connected to the skin. If the skin is consistently receiving overloads or under-loads of hormone supply we experience skin conditions, such as acne or hair growth; even dry skin can be a result of stress.
Changing the delicate balance of the secretion of these hormones can affect skin functions including:
- Oil production
This causes skin conditions such as:
- Oily skin
- Dry skin
- Dull skin
- Pigmented skin
- Hair production
- Swelling ( inflammation )
Stress can do all of this. Stress is very hard on the Endocrine system when used over and over again. In fact, many people in the endocrine and scientific/medical community are aware that the skin is a target of the endocrine system.
Hormones influence the development and function of human skin, which also produces and releases hormones. The skin is not only the recipient of signals from distant transmitters but is also an organized community in which the cells and organelles emit, receive and coordinate molecular signals.
Having the skin work with the endocrine system, or simply saying it is a part of the endocrine system, would give us great understanding in how an unbalanced, high stressed arrangement would directly affect the skin. The same as it would directly affect an endocrine gland.
Lets look at the hormone Estrogen. One of the many coursing hormones in your body. Estrogen, when in balance, benefits the skin in many ways:
- It helps to regulate the size and activity of the sebaceous glad in the follicle (pore)
- It supports the production of important moisture binders such as hyaluronic acid.
- it helps to foster cell turnover.
- it helps with the manufacture of collagen and elastin by the fibroblasts.
An imbalance of the hormone Estrogen from stress, would result in these skin functions to become impaired; in turn causing skin conditions.
What is the Solution ?
Now that we know that stress and hormones have an effect on our skin, we can move forward in finding a solution.
Our daily lives consist of a fast paced environment and stacking amounts of stress. We are either on the go constantly, or we are worried about everything. Some of us are able to be calm and relaxed under pressure, but the majority have difficulty staying focused.
We need to reduce the amount of stress in our lives – that is your ultimate solution. It sounds harsh, but it is true. Reducing stress levels will greatly improve your entire well-being, and that includes your skin. When the stress is reduced you will notice a dramatic change in your health, including:
- More energy
- Ability to focus
- Decreased sweating
- Skin health improvement
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased depression
- Better sleep
And so on.
How to Reduce Stress
There are many excellent techniques that will reduce stress. I personally like to do breathing exercises.
- Breathing. Take a slow deep breath through the nose counting to 5 and then release through the mouth counting to 5. The idea is to slow your heart rate down and only take 6 full breaths in 60 seconds. This will calm and relax your body incredibly. This breathing will allow for a lower heart rate and relaxation.
- Laugh it off! Yes it is that simple. Take the small things with a grain of salt. It is ok not to worry about the little things.
- Exercise. We all know this is a major stress release. Even a nice walk in the park is gonna create a chain reaction in the body, releasing the happy hormones 🙂
- Hug your Pet. There have been many studies done that show people who own animals and have a great relationship with them have reduced stress.
- Change what you have control of. Make simple small steps towards solutions you have control of. This will build a foundation for you to grow upon.
- Spend time with people that make you feel good. Learn to recognize which people in your life make you happy. You want to try to set boundaries with others that deplete you.
- Stop and smell the roses! It is a great saying that rings true. Take moments everyday to see the beauty in life.
- Use essential oils. you can lift your mood simply by spraying or rubbing the right oil. The sense of smell is very powerful.
- Meditation. Calm and quiet your mind. work towards finding peace and balance in your life.
Stress is something we all could use less of. It has such an effect on our bodies and our skin. If we want it to function we need to remove unnecessary stress. You can improve your skin and certain skin conditions simply by reducing stress.
You can achieve healthy skin. We are here to help.
Leave us a comment on how you combat stress, or what skin conditions you think could be stress related. We are here to help!
To a bright and Beautiful you,