September 7, 2017 By Sarah White1 Comment
Stress is inevitable. It gives us energy and provides stamina in emergency situations, it is motivating and stimulating and helps us to keep up with our busy lives. While short-term stress is unavoidable, stress is problematic when it becomes a constant and common occurrence in our day-to-day lives. If you search stress + cortisol in pubmed (your free online resource to access studies) you will find hundreds of articles describing how stress negatively impacts the immune system, digestion, mental health, sleep patterns and skin health. Acne loves stress and excessively high stress is a massive contributor to the adult acne epidemic that I’m seeing more and more frequently in my clinical practice.
Stress and the stress hormone cortisol directly affects your skin in the following ways:
The fall season is a stressful time for many of us and the end of the summer is therefore an excellent time to start building healthy stress-reduction habits and to begin a targeted supplement routine to prevent acne flare ups through the cooler months. Feeling like stress is sabotaging your skin health? Here are some lifestyle adjustments you can work on now to get clear glowing skin in the cooler months:
If you’re looking for a Naturopath in Oakville to treat your acne apply to book an initial consultation with Dr. Sarah White, ND. Patients see the best results when they are following personalized lifestyle and dietary measures along with customized prescriptions for herbal and dietary supplements that we can discuss on an individual basis in consultation to reduce cortisol levels and help you to achieve optimal physical and emotional health and clear, glowing skin. Book your in-person appointment here.
If you’d like to work together and you’re not a resident of Ontario*, or if you do live in Ontario and you’d prefer an online consultation you can book online with Dr. Sarah here.
*Note: online services provided by Dr. Sarah to those of you living outside of Ontario are delivered as a Certified Functional Medicine practitioner consult and not as an Naturopathic doctor appointment & as such they will not be eligible for reimbursement through private insurance.
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