Watch out – that acne or eczema could be due to stress.

So many skin conditions could be linked to stress. It’s a vicious circle with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. Once you have a skin condition, it can cause low self-esteem but there’s evidence that strong emotions can trigger it in the first place. Stress can lead to outbreaks of acne as it encourages the production of the androgen hormones that cause spots. A 2003 study in the journal Archives of Dermatology found students experienced significant worsening of acne during exams. Stress also plays a role in psoriasis and eczema, although it’s not known exactly how-but the fact that stress slows skin healing by up to 40% may be connected to this.

Help yourself

Try repeating the following affirmation ten times every morning and evening to boost your self- esteem. ‘ I am beautiful, I know who I am and I love who I am, I am wonderful, and I love and accept myself as I am right now.’ Cardiovascular exercise is a great way to beat stress. Try something fun, such as dancing to a song you like and other indoor games or exercises, to give yourself a shot of endorphin feel-good factor

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