13 09 skin stress tbIt’s no secret that emotions play a big role in our skin’s health.

Many issues are flare ups—or even appear out of nowhere—due to emotional stress, including acne, eczema and hives. (Who hasn’t had that “pimple” right before that special occasion?) Stress, anger, sadness can truly take a toll on our body and skin. Here are some insights on how to tackle the most common skin issues, both internally and topically.

1. Acne

This is a big one that is commonly worsened by chronic stress, which can lower the immune system.

Stress reduction: Deal with the particular emotion that is causing you stress. Changes at work? Your personal life? Address it. Releasing the emotion releases the root of the problem and allows you (and your skin) to begin to heal!

In The Meantime: Avoid refined sugars, processed foods and drink lots of water to help your body deal with the lowered immunity and heal faster. Also, don’t forget to moisturize and sooth your skin.

2. Eczema

Eczema flare-ups worsen during the dry, winter months, and are usually related to more profound emotional stress, like feeling stuck and vulnerable in a present situation.

Stress reduction: Yoga and anything that feels therapeutic will help your body bounce back from this skin condition.

In The Meantime: Take omega-3 supplements. They help your skin stay lubricated from the inside out. Also, apply Evening Primrose Oil topically to patches of eczema.

3. Hives

Hives and rashes are very temporary (luckily), but that doesn't make them less annoying and uncomfortable. They are often associated with feeling scared.

Stress reduction: Identify what could be causing the fear. There’s a good saying: when you look at your “monsters” right in the eye, they’re not so scary anymore. Ask yourself: what exactly am I afraid of?

In The Meantime: Use a topical anti-inflammatory. The ingredients you want to look for are aloe, zinc oxide, chamomile and Horse Chesnut. Topical antihistamines like Benadryl will calm down a rash pretty fast as well.