Stress is unfortunately a fact of life for most people today, and it can be a vicious cycle – stress can cause skin and health problems, which in turn lead to even more stress! Short and long term stressors can cause different problems with your skin, so it's important to realize what's happening and take steps to help minimize stress impact. If your skin is flaring up and causing undue additional stress, it may be a good idea to contact your dermatologist for skin care recommendations! Our dermatologists here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology are well versed in dealing with all kinds of skin issues, whether from stress or other factors, and they can help you regain your healthy skin.
Short Term Stress Impact on Skin
Short term stress, such as a big presentation coming up, a major event, or a car breakdown can cause dormant skin issues to rise to the surface. Dry skin may become drier, acne prone skin may break out, and dermatitis can flare up. In addition to paying extra attention to your skin and making sure you're using the correct products for the situation, it may help to take a break and just relax for a while. A soothing facial could help to de-stress as well as treat your skin!
Long Term Stress Impact on Skin
Long term stress, such as relationship problems or ongoing work stress, can add up to long-term skin damage. Stress over an extended period of time can cause collagen breakdown, which in turn leads to premature aging, including skin laxity, wrinkles, and dullness. If you are experiencing intense stress over long periods of time, it may be time to think about a lifestyle change, for the sake of your skin and your overall health! In the meantime, a trip to the dermatologist can help you to work out a long term skin care plan to keep your stress from showing too badly on your face.
Long Term Solutions for Skin Problems
Chronic acne, wrinkles, dullness, and skin laxity are all common concerns that can be exacerbated by stress. However, there are long lasting treatments available that can help with these conditions. If you have bad acne that hasn't responded to oral or topical medications, photodynamic therapy may be able to help you achieve clear skin and reduce some of your acne-related stress. If you're worried about lax skin and volume loss, treatments such as Sculptra, Radiesse, or Ultherapy may be a good fit. Lines and wrinkles that can make you look older and tired can be treated with dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane. Talk to your dermatologist to find out what treatment is best for your individual skin condition.
Schedule a Skin Care Consultation at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego
If you are suffering from skin problems due to stress, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists to find the best treatment plan for you. To learn more about skin care options and to schedule your consultation, call 858-657-1002 today!
Next, read Preventing and Treating "Smartphone Squint"