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How can reducing stress help sun-damaged skin?

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Inner turmoil takes a huge toll on skin. Part of the reason is that stress increases the hormone cortisol. It keeps skin from holding on to water and triggers a spike in blood sugar that damages collagen and elastin. Any type of exercise can tame tension, but yoga seems to be an especially good way to lower cortisol levels.

SOURCES:

Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology, at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage.”

Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Oyetakin-White, P. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, January 2015.

Cosgrove, M. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 2007.

Fruits and Veggies—More Matters. “Best of: Vitamin C.”

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Crane, J. Aging Cell, April 2015.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2019

SOURCES:

Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology, at Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Repair (and Even Reverse) Signs of Sun Damage.”

Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology, New York University School of Medicine, New York.

Oyetakin-White, P. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, January 2015.

Cosgrove, M. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 2007.

Fruits and Veggies—More Matters. “Best of: Vitamin C.”

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans.

Crane, J. Aging Cell, April 2015.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2019

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