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Skin Can Show Signs of Stress

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You probably know the signs of stress when it comes to your body: tension headaches, feelings of anxiety, neck and shoulder pain, and maybe even high blood pressure. Do you know that the signs of stress probably show up on your face too? Stress affects every single part of your body - including your skin. Take a good look in the mirror and take a deep breath. Are you seeing the signs of stress? Learn how your skin may be signaling you that it is time to relax.

Puffy eyes. Stress keeping you up at night? The three cups of coffee you had this morning are not why we're asking; it's your puffy eyes. If you're tossing and turning all night, it is going to show on your face. Try to relax with a mug of herbal (caffeine-free) tea and turn off your phone, TV or tablet at least one hour before you go to sleep.

Changes in Skin Quality. Stressing out about things takes your mind off taking care of yourself. Stress tends to lead to dry skin. Why? Because you're probably so busy being stressed, you're not remembering to drink enough water, and all that coffee you're drinking to keep you going dehydrates your skin. Get back on track by carrying a water bottle with you and using a high-quality moisturizer.

The Appearance of Acne. Not only does stress dry your skin out, but it can also cause breakouts. Struggle with psoriasis and eczema? Stress makes those skin conditions flare up, too. This happens because stress increases your body's production of cortisol, which can cause the overproduction of oil in your skin. Banish blemishes by taking time to relax. We recommend exercising, yoga and deep breathing to keep blemishes at bay.

Wrinkles. Yes, stress can cause the development of wrinkles. This is because when we are stressed, we often make facial expressions such as squinting or frowning, and making these expressions over and over can lead to the development of fine lines. Those lines can turn into wrinkles if you keep doing it. Try a stress-busting activity like listening to calming music, taking a quick walk or aromatherapy. And if you can't beat your stress right now, try botulinum toxin type A injections (Xeomin, Dysport or Botox).

Is your skin suffering because of stress? Call Innovations Medical Center at 214-643-8665 to schedule your skin-rejuvenation treatment and relax!

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