Skin is the outermost organ of the body and is the first to show if something is going wrong. When stress levels are high, it causes damage to the skin as well.
The most common symptoms are aggravation in psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema cases. Furthermore, skin rashes, blisters, and allergies may appear in severe cases.
In this context, monitoring stress and understanding which changes in the routine cause the dis-balance can be very interesting, as it will interfere with the health and skincare routine.
There are a few ways to do this monitoring. The more traditional methodologies are by measuring physiological stress by monitoring heart rate variability, breath frequency, blood pressure, and different stress hormones. Some of these parameters can be measured through home devices and even smart watches- giving an interesting idea of what is going on during the day. Others can only be done at professional laboratories.
An easy way to measure stress is through apps on smartphones. Stress Scan is one example, as it analyzes changes in heart rate and measures the level of mental and physical stress on a scale of 1 to 100. It can be used with several measurements during the day or only on special occasions.
In conclusion, to avoid skin and more severe problems, controlling the stress levels is necessary, so it is possible to rethink how to handle the stress with reliable data to show the body is dealing with the situations.
About the Author: MSci Maísa Melo is a pharmacist and a current Ph.D. student in cosmetic technology, from São Paulo, Brazil. She has earned her master’s degree from the University of São Paulo and has been involved with the development, stability, safety, and efficacy of cosmetics since 2013. She has specialized in the clinical efficacy of cosmetics by biophysical and skin imaging techniques as well as the use of alternative models to animal testing. Her research work has been published in several scientific journals and books.
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