WITH LOURDES JUAN
Q:When I look in the mirror my skin appears tired and dull. Is there something I can do?
J.K. Calgary, Alta.
That look you don’t like may be your body’s way of telling you you’re stressed. Stress and anxiety cause a chemical response in your body making your skin more susceptible to sensitivity and reactivity.
When you are stressed, your body increases its production of cortisol, signalling your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum and causing inflammation. As a result, your pores become swollen and clogged with excess oil and bacteria. Due to the inflammation, your skin’s collagen breaks down and can result in breakouts (acne), dullness, puffiness, discolouration, dryness, redness, loss of elasticity and tired/weathered looking skin.
The best ways to control and treat stressed skin is with regular skin treatments and using skin care products at home that contain professional, active ingredients. For skin treatments, chemical peels that contain glycolic acid, salicylic acid and/or lactic acid are a great way to tackle breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, dull skin and reduce inflammation.
For skin care at home, using products that contain medical grade active ingredients such as Retinol (a derivative of vitamin A) slough away dead skin cells targetting acne, sun damage and fine lines. Products containing high levels of rosemary, a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, are great for redness, inflammation and highly sensitized skin.
Lourdes Juan is director at Soma Advanced Skin & Body Therapy