Understanding Your Mind-Skin Connection

by Nasrul Hanis

in Lifestyle, Skin

Skin is the layer where our inside meets the outside of our body. It is not just one of the body defense system against the harm from the outside world, but it’s also a medium to feel, enjoy and explore new sensations of living while being a great asset of our body. You might read or watch how most people emphasize about their skin health.

An interesting thing to know is there is a connection between you mind and your skin. Recent studies on stress and acne confirm the study about unhealthy skin eruptions where there is a definite link between stress and a skin breakout or having one worsen. Experts call this matter as ‘psychodermatology.’

I guess we already know that body functions and activities are closely related to human emotions. That is how the mind-skin connection exists. In many cases, skin problems had been found intimately linked with emotional issues or situation the particular person is dealing with. Stress affects your body system where stress hormones have the potential to create disturbances throughout your entire body. For example when you feel tension, your body releases stress hormones including cortisol which increase the skin’s oil production and resulting in acne.

Because mind and skin are intimately connected, it is encouraged to use mind-body relaxation and stress-reduction methods when dealing with skin problems. Some skin conditions are particularly sensitive to stress, including acne, eczema and cold sores. A nice way to deal with stress is to use mind-body techniques where you form mental images of a safe and nurturing environment – you could improve your skin condition by going for a relaxing vacation.

Healthier life could give your healthier skin so here is some tips of doing it:

  • Always be positive.
  • Take a hobby and enjoy it. It can give you relaxation in doing things.
  • Practice anger-management techniques.
  • Get a massage or facial.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Smile a lot =)

Yes, we cannot see the connection between mind and skin visibly by our eyes but do remember that the results are there – in our body. So never ignore this mind-skin connection and practice a healthy life for your healthy skin.

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