How Stress Affects Your Skin & Hair
The effects of stress on the skin can be varied, depending on your age, lifestyle, and skin type. Physiologic stress on the body sends signals through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This pathway serves as the bridge between the brain and your hormones, including cortisol, thyroid and sex hormones.
How Does Stress Affect the Skin?
For some, stress can trigger conditions such as acne, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and dark circles under the eyes, especially if stress interferes with sleep. Stress can also trigger psoriasis, melasma, and rosacea and contributes to signs of premature aging, such as fine lines, lax skin, and age spots.
How Does Stress Affect the Hair?
High-stress levels may cause three types of hair loss:
- Telogen effluvium - causes patches of hair follicles to become inactive in response to extreme physical, emotional, or environmental stress, causing affected hairs to fall out within months.
- Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania causes patients to compulsively pull out their hair in response to trauma, stress, tension, or other triggers.
- Alopecia areata, an autoimmune hair loss, may be triggered by illness, allergies, trauma, and stress and causes the body’s immune system to attack its hair follicles, causing hair loss.
Top Products to Help These Symptoms
The skin and hair can be improved with proper nutrition and care. In addition to following a healthy, balanced diet, staying active, and caring for your emotional health, these Foundation Skincare products may help alleviate some symptoms.
Azelaic Acid Cream – a gentle, soothing cream that helps reduce acne breakouts, hyperpigmentation, melasma, redness, and dark spots.
Hair Serum - stimulates hair follicles and growth factors to reduce hair loss and promote growth, improving length, strength, and thickness in as little as three months of use.
MTXpert - a supplement formulated according to recommendations from the National Psoriasis Foundation and board-certified dermatologists to help improve outcomes for patients undergoing psoriasis treatments with a licensed dermatologist.
Pigmentation Defense - designed to complement treatment by a board certified dermatologist, this blend of herbs and nutrients has shown remarkable efficacy. It improves pigmentary conditions such as melasma and vitiligo. Your best results will be achieved in conjunction with a board certified dermatologist
UnTangled Hair Supplement - a blend of nutrients that have been clinically proven to improve overall hair health and reduce hair loss triggered by stress and other environmental factors.