Stress uglifies

It has long been known that beauty and the mind live in a close relationship that confirms that the skin is the mirror of the mental and emotional state of mind. The skin is also a letter of introduction to people, a reflection of the emotional state. "Many emotions are manifested through the skin and suddenly it pales, blushes, has allergies or turns gray," explains dermatologist Ricardo Ruiz.

When people feel attractive and confident about their physique, they tend to perform better in all areas of their lives, whether at work, in their family and social environment, and in interpersonal relationships. The epidermis and the mind are closely related. There are many diseases of the dermis that arise or are aggravated by psychological conditions such as stress or depression. "A very clear example is the worsening that patients with psoriasis have when they are stressed," says Ruiz.

Similarly, there are psychological disorders that occur as a result of skin diseases. "Just remember the depression and insecurities of adolescents caused by acne," adds the specialist in skin problems. In general, the profile of the stressed patient is characterized by lacking the energy and motivation necessary to carry out adequate skin care routines, including hydration. "Often, people who suffer from anxiety and are very stressed show harmful behaviors such as compulsively scratching the dermis or exploding pimples, actions that can worsen the skin problems that occur," adds the doctor.


The American Academy of Dermatology indicates that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between negative emotions such as stress, depression, and anxiety, and the more famous skin conditions such as acne or psoriasis.


For the psychologist María del Mar González, in cosmetic consumption, both feminine and masculine, “the cult of the body, our need to be well, are intermingled, which we relate to the aesthetic aspect and to social and professional success and to our level. of self-esteem, or valuation that we do of ourselves ».

According to González, cosmetics also satisfy our need for immediacy at no cost, that is, to achieve quick results without making any changes in our habits or in our way of life, since they allow us to “reduce cellulite by sleeping or 'stretch' our face in just a week pouring on a cream ».

Because of this, according to the expert, acquiring this type of product makes us feel good, because it meets our needs. There are those who like to take care of themselves and use products that can help them, knowing what they can really contribute ”.


Not only mental problems affect the epidermis. "Stress can make healthy nails brittle, cause massive hair loss or cause hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)," says Dr. Ruiz. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, if appropriate anti-stress therapies are combined with dermatological methods capable of reducing stress, the skin, hair and nails will appear healthy and beautiful. "It is very important that the dermatologist has training to assess these psychological aspects when properly treating the dermatological patient," said Dr. Ricardo Ruiz.

When stress appears, skin conditions such as psoriasis or acne are seriously aggravated and can become inflamed or leave perpetual marks on the skin. Thus, with the presence of acne, the skin's protective barrier can undergo severe dehydration processes, "which translates into a more fragile and sensitive skin, in addition to being and very reactive to irritants, allergens and various infections", explains the doctor.

The ideal is to combine anti-stress therapies with appropriate dermatological methods and guidelines. Some psychological techniques have the ability to decrease the production of certain stress-related hormones. "For example, the release of neuropeptides - chemical agents closely related to stress secreted by nerve endings - can be neutralized by specific stress control therapies," says Dr. Ruiz.

The dermatologist can substantially improve the appearance and function of the skin, which has a direct impact on the well-being of patients, who experience great changes in the way they relate to others.



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