A new American study has revealed that stress maybe linked to inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, psoriasis and rosacea and that too much stress can make inflammatory skin conditions worse.
Richard D Granstein MD, Well Cornell Medical College in New York City, said that nearly everyone has some form of stress in their life, so it’s difficult to determine whether stress can actually make the skin’s appearance worse and it’s been known for a long time that the nervous system, which processes our stress, has an impact on conditions such as psoriasis.
Granstein said experimental data support the idea that the nervous system and stress affect inflammatory skin conditions in humans. Many types of cells in the skin, including immune cells and endothelial cells, can be regulated by neuropeptides and neurotransmitters, which are chemicals released by the skin’s nerve endings. Stress can result in the skin’s nerve endings releasing an increased level of these chemicals.
When this occurs, it can affect how and at what level our body responds to many important functions, such as sensation and control of blood flow, and can contribute to the symptoms of stress that we feel. In addition, the release of these chemicals can lead to inflammation of the skin .
Tips to keep stress at bay
Learn to recognise when you are stressed: Knowing what is likely to cause stress can help avoid such things in the future. Keep a record of what situations make you stressful and see how you might deal with them in other ways in the future.
Learn to relax: Many people do not include relaxation time in their schedules. Conscious relaxation is important for your body and mind and can help you deal with the negatives of stress.
Ensure that you get enough fun out of life: Plan time in the day to do something that gives you pleasure. Looking forward to such times helps when you have to cope with less pleasant aspects of life.
Positive thinking: Do not dwell on failures and reward yourself for your successes. Accept that everyone has limits and cannot succeed at everything. Reflect on what you have achieved.