Is your skin stressed? Here’s why….

There’s no two ways about it, modern living is disastrous for our skin. Stressful lives, processed foods and a huge rise in environmental pollutants have created a perfect storm, so it’s no wonder the statistics are staggering.

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ you have? It’s also one of your body’s go to ways to clear inflammation and toxicity.

Chinese medicine believes that skin conditions arise from too much heat in the body, bad digestion and/or bad circulation. Skin conditions usually have an emotional element. Stress will often trigger an outbreak and this can create a vicious cycle, as skin outbreaks understandably affect self-esteem.

Dermatology in Chinese is Pi Fu Ke. Pi means ‘covering’ and Fu is ‘stomach’. The Chinese believe that all skin problems have their root in digestive issues, which are often caused by stress. It is important to treat the internal root cause as well as the skin itself.

Why does stress have such a devastating impact on our skin?

The stress response has several negative impacts on our skin:

Continual stress increases hormone levels which increases oil production, causing sebaceous glands beneath the skin to secrete oil and plug up the pores.

Continual stress increases hormone levels which increases oil production, causing sebaceous glands beneath the skin to secrete oil and plug up the pores.

Stress causes the skin cells in the epidermis to produce large quantities of cortisol which results in elevated sugar levels in the bloodstream. This causes the destruction of collagen and elastin, resulting in the loss of elasticity of skin as well as the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

High levels of cortisol also break down the ceramides between skin cells resulting in dehydration.

Additionally, cortisol hinders the production of hyaluronic acid, a compound that holds hundreds of times of its weight in water, helping to plump our skin cells.

Not only that, stress can cause our lymph to stagnate. When the body is stressed it takes blood flow away from the peripheral organs including the skin in order to provide muscles with energy, exacerbating skin break outs and a sallow complexion.

Combine this process with rubbish sleep and it’s clear that the effects of stress on our face are more than skin deep.

A natural solution

Facial gua sha works to reduce heat (inflammation) and toxicity, by boosting circulation and lymphatic drainage. This process enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to cells, allowing the skin to function at optimum capacity and gently stimulating collagen synthesis.

The effectiveness of gua sha comes from the way it stimulates the deeper layers of skin, as well as the energetic components in the body. And body gua sha is every bit as effective, and although you should avoid treating affected areas of skin, you can clear heat from elsewhere and it will still help tackle the root imbalance in your body.

The effectiveness of gua sha comes from the way it stimulates the deeper layers of skin, as well as the energetic components in the body. And body gua sha is every bit as effective, and although you should avoid treating affected areas of skin, you can clear heat from elsewhere and it will still help tackle the root imbalance in your body.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Gua sha is most effective when employed as part of an overall solution to treat the root cause of your skin issues. Want to learn how? Join me for my Skin Masterclass, next Monday Feb 22nd at 7pm UK.