We need stress. It allows for a flight or flight response in an emergency situation, it is motivating and stimulating but the stress levels we are seeing in modern life are excessively high and are a massive factor in the adult acne epidemic that is happening. Acne loves stress.
It’s an evolutionary necessity but modern life is seeing the stress hormone cortisol get way out of whack and the consequences are increasingly worrying. Among health concerns such as fatigue, insomnia, headaches and chronic pain, I constantly hear from my clients that they are identifying stress as an acne trigger.
So, how does stress and the cortisol hormone affect your skin?
Test, don’t guess. Finding out your levels to know exactly what we are dealing with is imperative to treat the acne from a foundational level. Salivary hormone testing is an accurate way to assess your levels as part of a comprehensive hormone analysis.
So, what can be done about it? There are many lifestyle and dietary measures I will discuss on an individual basis in consultation, to support the moderation of cortisol levels. And, according to test results, a prescription of herbal and nutritional medicines will one given to bring the body back into balance and help you to achieve optimal physical and emotional health and clear, glowing skin!
Feeling like stress is getting on top of you and sabotaging your skin health? Here are some lifestyle adjustments you can start to make now to get the clear skin ball rolling:
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Eating mostly unprocessed foods is the absolute ideal but when modern life gets in the way and we need to grab something convenient, it’s really important to be reading labels and
I’m Brooke Venables, I’m a naturopath, acne specialist and an ex-acne sufferer. I’ve been there, I know what you’re going through.