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stress and your skinIf you’re stressed, chances are it’s written all over your face.

Stress actually causes a physiological reaction in your body that results in the production of cortisol, known by scientists as “the stress hormone.” Cortisol causes inflammation in the organs of your body, including the skin. That’s right. It’s not a typo. Your skin is an organ! And just like other organs, it can become inflamed. The result? Inflamed pores clog more easily. Inflamed collagen can result in wrinkles. Other signs of skin inflammation include itchiness, dryness and acne.

The fact of the matter is that we wear our stress on our skin. The question is, what can be done about it?

Address your stress. Don’t ignore it!
Learn to identify feelings associated with stress so you can self-soothe through coping strategies such as deep breathing, exercising, meditation or yoga. Carve out time for yourself to minimize tension. Relax in a luxurious bath or shower. Get a massage. Unclench your jaw. And, of course, take care of your skin—keep it hydrated by moisturizing morning and night. Remember, to get maximum benefits from your moisturizer, apply it to damp skin.