How does mental health affect the skin?

How does mental health affect the skin?


According to recent studies in psychodermatology, emotions can influence the skin, and the relationship between the mind and the skin is becoming clearer than ever.

Poor mental health affects your eating habits.

Prolonged stress can lead to depression and impact dietary habits. Studies indicate that during periods of stress, there is a tendency to crave sweet, starchy, and alcoholic foods, which can exacerbate skin conditions. Research suggests that the higher the glycemic index (reflecting the rate of blood sugar increase after consuming high-carbohydrate foods), the more severe acne conditions may become.

Therefore, the best way to prevent and mitigate conditions is to consume plenty of green vegetables and fruits while avoiding unhealthy foods.

Stress interferes with quality sleep.

Stress often leads to difficulty falling asleep, resulting in insufficient sleep. Adequate sleep plays a crucial role in skin health, as the skin regenerates and repairs during the sleep cycle. Insufficient sleep can make the skin appear dull and unhealthy. Therefore, strive to get 8 hours of sleep each day to allow the body to rest and recover.

Mental fatigue releases stress hormones.

Stress hormones have a significant impact on skin conditions, being a primary cause of severe issues such as acne and eczema. Stress hormones like corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF or CRH) are integral to the stress response system. When we experience excessive stress or sensitivity, the system releases CRF, leading to skin problems.

One effect of stress on the skin is the acceleration of the aging process. Chronic psychological stress stimulates the autonomic nervous system, the renin-angiotensin system, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Prolonged stress can lead to immune system dysfunction, increased production of reactive oxygen species, and DNA damage.

To prevent rapid skin aging, it’s important to take care of your soul and maintain good mental health. Avoid stress and consider visiting a spa for therapy and relaxation.

Visit Halosa Spa and choose a facial massage treatment package – we’ll take care of the rest!

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