Stress and Your Skin

Are you stress free or stressed to the max? You may be surprised to learn that there are links between stress and your skin.

Skin Health Hub Skin Health Stress and Your SkinStress affects you physically, psychologically and behaviorally. Fortunately, not all stress is negative. “Eustress” is the term used to signify good stress. Eustress provides the body and psyche with motivation, and spurs improved performance. Remember the anxiety you felt before taking that big exam or being in a sporting final? Well, that little feeling of pressure actually helped your performance.

Stress also affects the health of your skin and can trigger or exacerbate many conditions such as adult acne, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. These skin conditions can flare-up or symptoms can worsen at times when we are under stress.

Although we consider stress to be a fact of life, it’s how you manage it that matters. Here are Skin Health Hub’s suggestions for ways to effectively manage your stress and ways to help treat skin conditions triggered by stress.

Three ways to combat stress


A very simple, yet effective coping mechanism is deep breathing. During times of stress breathing often becomes shallow and labored. If you are breathing correctly, your diaphragm is engaged. Poor breathing can lead to altered carbon dioxide levels in the blood, resulting in increased anxiety levels. For some, this is an all too familiar feeling as the lack of oxygen causes fatigued, tensed muscles. So take a few deep breaths to slowly control your inhalation and exhalation and you will start to feel a whole lot better.


Touch, particularly in the form of massage, has a positive effect on stress reduction and the nervous system. Massage stimulates the sensory nerves, which promotes feelings of well-being and helps regulate the body’s production of stress hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol.

There are many forms of massage treatments from Relaxation, Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Swedish and Lymphatic Drainage.

Try out one method or try them all as each modality has its benefits. Hot Stone massage for instance combines methods used in Swedish and Hawaiian massage to deliver a deep therapeutic massage. It is believed that ONE stroke with a stone is worth TEN with a therapist’s hands. This deeply therapeutic massage relaxes, distresses, melts away muscle tension, increases circulation, stimulates the lymphatic system to remove waste products more efficiently, softens and breaks down fatty tissue, stimulates and soothes nerve endings in the skin, improves texture of the skin through desquamation and improves skin elasticity.


Another way to help you manage your stress more effectively is through the promotion of toxin elimination by reducing waste build-up in the cells and tissues. Body Mud Wraps, Paraffin Treatments and regular Sauna’s are great treatments to stimulate detoxification.

Regular Sauna sessions in an infrared sauna not only offers a highly enjoy able treatment but also some amazing health benefits including: the relief from pain and injuries, ability to ease joint pain and stiffness, a great way to energize your body and relax your mind, clear cellulite and improve skin tone and generally detoxify your body.

Stress is not going anywhere, it’s here to stay. Hopefully our suggested treatments have provided you with several opportunities to connect with your mind-body-spirit, escape in relaxing environments to help you more able to deal with any stress that comes your way.

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