Dullness, tiredness, dryness, and redness are all signs of stressed-out skin. The outermost part of the epidermis is the stratum corneum, better known as the skin’s protective barrier. The skin barrier regulates water loss, retains moisture, and provides hydration. It also serves to protect the deeper layers of skin from pollution, ultraviolet rays, toxins, dehydration, infection, irritation, and inflammation. When the skin barrier is damaged, it affects the quality of the skin as because the skin barrier is resilient yet delicate. It requires plenty of nourishment and hydration to function optimally. 

Three ways to calm down stressed-out skin include knowing what causes your skin to have a reaction either to hormones, environment, or products, to implement a daily skincare regimen, and effective ways to hydrate and soothe as you wait for your skin to rid itself of redness, inflammation, severe dryness, stinging or burning from product application, breakouts, and dullness to complexion. First, internal stress can manifest on the skin. Stressed-out skin can be brought on by emotional stress, hormonal fluctuations, and the lack of a healthy diet and adequate internal hydration, or  (not drinking enough water). If you are able to make changes to these factors in even the smallest of ways, you may experience relief in some or all of your skin symptoms. Second, keep your skincare routine simple by avoiding products with extra fragrance, colors, or dyes. Skincare regimens are all the rage these days with layer upon layer being promoted from influencers around the world of what will give your skin a glass-like, dewy finish when in reality some of these products may be too abrasive for your skin or the wrong combination or quantity could be the culprit for your stressed-out skin. Wash your face with a mild, gentle cleanser, add a hydrating serum, and moisturize the face. Keep your steps minimal and only introduce new products one at a time to give your skin time to adjust to the efficacy and compatibility of your unique skin. Third, if you find that a certain product has caused redness, burning, or irritation to your skin, discontinue use of the product and take care of the skin by applying hydrating facial masks or creams containing ceramides and hyaluronic acid to refresh and rejuvenate the skin.

 For a full assessment of your skin’s health and personalized, effective options to calm down your stressed-out skin, book an appointment with one of our board-certified dermatologists at THE CENTER for Advanced Dermatology by calling 602-867-7546 or visiting WEBSITE.