Stress is at the root of many of our health problems. Live a simple, happy and stress free life and your health is going to improve dramatically.
Our stress levels do affect our skin, and here’s why.
Whenever we feel stress or our adrenaline increases, our stress hormone (cortisol) levels rise. When our body doesn’t naturally have enough cortisol, it “borrows” our progesterone to convert it into cortisol to use. If we’re consistently experiencing stress and raising our cortisol levels, then we can cause our progesterone to become too low. And low progesterone can mean a range of hormonal imbalances including estrogen dominance and high levels of androgens – both being basic root causes of acne.
Unfortunately our body grants priority over stress hormones than sex hormones. So we’re likely to produce cortisol if needed over estrogen or androgens. This means if we’re deficient in one of our sex hormones but are experiencing high levels of stress, then our sex hormones can possibly remain deficient.
In addition, the more cortisol we have in our bloodstream then the more sensitive we are to stressful events. So if you’re already feeling somewhat stressed, then little things can easily further push you over the edge and cause your body to produce even more cortisol if it can.
How to reduce stress
There are many different ways to reduce stress levels and what method you choose will depend on what you enjoy doing with your spare, and what makes you feel relaxed. You can try anything from yoga and meditation to exercise or taking a bath. Make a list of everything that you can do to reduce your stress levels and try to make that list a reality.