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What are some ways to ease the effects of stress on your skin?

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  • Don't neglect your skin. Take care of it, even if you're tired or stressed.
  • Get regular exercise. It's good for your skin and the rest of your body.
  • Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have 10 minutes. Take a bath or read a book.
  • Take a walk around the block.
  • Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or visual imagery.
  • Get enough sleep. Seven to 8 hours each night is ideal.
  • Say no. It's OK to set limits and boundaries to lower your stress.
  • Talk to someone. Seek support from a friend or a professional therapist.

From: Effects of Stress on Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Department of Health and Human Services: "Stress and Your Health." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Psychodermatology: The Mind and Skin Connection." American Academy of Dermatology: "What is psoriasis?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "What is rosacea?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "What is eczema?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "Stress and Skin." Acne Resource Center: "Does Stress Cause Acne?"






Reviewed by William Blahd on June 15, 2017

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SOURCES: Department of Health and Human Services: "Stress and Your Health." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Psychodermatology: The Mind and Skin Connection." American Academy of Dermatology: "What is psoriasis?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "What is rosacea?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "What is eczema?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "Stress and Skin." Acne Resource Center: "Does Stress Cause Acne?"






Reviewed by William Blahd on June 15, 2017

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