Does Stess Cause Acne?

Does stress cause acne?

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Pimples from Stress

It always seems to happen right when you have that big event, an exam , or you are worrying about something – a pimple or pimples appear. Even in my 50’s I just had two pop up on my chin right before and during a very hectic work week.

It certainly seems to go hand in hand, doesn’t it? Remember in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” on the wedding day the bride woke up with a big pimple. She put coverup on it, and then her groom told her later he had developed one, but it went away when he sprayed Windex on it!

From WebMD:

Lisa A. Garner, MD, FAAD, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, (says that) “When you already have acne and you get into a stressful situation, that seems to be when your acne really flares up.”” [Read more…]

Want Less Stress? Be Optimistic!

The way you manage stress can be evident by the way you see “the cup”. What? Well it turns out that if you are a cup half full, or optimistic, type of person, you are better at managing your stress than your cup half empty neighbors. You could have guessed that, right?

Remember Elle Woods classic line in Legally Blonde:  “Exercise gives you endorphins–endorphins make people happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands… they just don’t.”

Elle Woods

Same thinking here – if you’re happy, you don’t flip under stress. Now there is research to back this observation up. A new study published in the American Psychological Associations Health Journal and ScienceDaily.com shares:

Results show that indeed the “stress hormone” cortisol tends to be more stable in those with more positive personalities…. that pessimists tended to have a higher stress baseline than optimists, … also had trouble regulating their system when they go through particularly stressful situations. “On days where they experience higher than average stress, that’s when we see that the pessimists’ stress response is much elevated, and they have trouble bringing their cortisol levels back down. Optimists, by contrast, were protected in these circumstances,” says Dr. Jobin.

While the study generally confirmed the researchers’ hypotheses about the relation between optimism and stress, one surprising finding was that optimists who generally had more stressful lives secreted higher cortisol levels than expected shortly after they awoke (cortisol peaks just after waking and declines through the day). Jobin says there are several possible explanations, but also notes that the finding points to the difficulty of classifying these complex hormones as good or bad. “The problem with cortisol is that we call it “the stress hormone,” but it’s also our ‘get up and do things’ hormone, so we may secrete more if engaged and focused on what’s happening.

So if you are not a natural optimist, there’s hope. You can change your thought habits with much discipline and persistence. Let me tell you a secret to changing your outlook. It’s gratitude. Expressions of gratitude, in your thoughts, and out loud, throughout each day change the way you see life.

The bottom line is that YOU make the choice, each moment of every day to be grateful or stressed, negative or energetic.

What to do for Blotches of Hyperpigmentation?

HyperpigmentationMy sweet manicurist shared her newly developed area of darker skin, or hyperpigmentation, on her upper lip. I don’t think a “skin mustache” was what she was actually looking to sport as a young, gorgeous, single gal. Would you like one? Didn’t think so.

Let’s talk about hyperpigmentation when it is in a larger patch on the face, also known as melasma. Melasma usually develops as a result of increased melanocyte production, caused by fluctuations in hormones, or stimulated by sun exposure. [Read more…]

When Should I Start Using Anti-Aging Skin Care?

skin-tonerWhen should I start using anti-aging skin care products? How does my skin and appearance change as I go through life? What can I do to slow it down, or prevent it from showing these changes?

Great questions I’m asked often, most recently by a beautiful 20-something as we were chatting about the biggest problem she has with her skin right now. Surprisingly, it was the beginnings of eye and lip wrinkles!

Here’s a short description of what you can expect to see in your skin as you blow out more birthday candles every year! [Read more…]

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