Skin Mirrors Stress
By Margaret Boyse, M.D.
There is often a clear, strong connection
wide range of effective medications are
between the beauty of our skin and our
available to treat acne, regardless of the
internal and external existence, our health
severity of the condition, and laser therapy
is another choice that is proving beneficial in some instances. Laser therapy also has
Stress can unquestionably be a killer and
been used successfully for some time
do untold damage to our physical and
to diminish or remove scarring that may
emotional selves, which are intimately
result from severe acne.
intertwined. To varying degrees, we all experience stress in our lives, and the
There are two sides of the same coin: if
condition of our skin – the body’s largest
someone is feeling burdensome levels of
organ – often mirrors the results.
stress in their lives, there will be evidence of that fact in the appearance and health
We consider stress to be a trigger or irritant
of their skin. In the same manner, an
for a range of skin problems, including
inflammatory skin disease, such as acne,
acne, hives, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea
for example, is by itself a highly stress-
and other conditions.
Dr. Margaret Boyse practices at Southern Dermatology & Skin Cancer & Skin Renewal Center. After earning her medical degree from the University of Texas, she completed her internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and residency at the University of Michigan. Special interests include: general adult and pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, cosmetic dermatology and skin cancer. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology and North Carolina Medical Society. For more information, visit www. southernderm.com.
Many of my patients get equally good results in reducing and managing stress
best for the individual.
Along with exercise to manage stress, I
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simply by walking, by doing yoga or Pilates, meditating or getting massages or some combination of therapies and activities. The important ingredient is the commitment to take charge of the issue of stress management in whatever ways work
often encourage patients to eat healthy foods, such as eggs, fish, nuts and fruits and vegetables. The combination of a good exercise-stress management program and a good diet is very powerful. I offer the same message for my teenage patients with acne, for patients with psoriasis, for obese patients and for those who simply want to improve the appearance of their skin. Acne, as we have observed many times, is too often a stressful blight on the lives of teenagers and even of some adults. A
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