Recognizing the mood-skin connection

Updated: Nov 19, 2019

On November 2006 there was an article published on the Harvard health publishing site about recognizing the mind-skin connection. I found the article quite helpful when it comes to dealing with my mood and my skin. For everyone who would like to read the rest of the article I will link it on the Harvard Women's Health Watch.

In the article, the writer wrote about what most of us may wonder about. Do my emotions have any effect or affect on my outer appearance? The article started with the simplest action known as blushing. Blushing one of the common ways to unknowingly let someone know how you are feeling inside, involuntarily.

Psychology today explains blushing as one of the most common emotional trigger causes by our glands to release the hormone adrenaline in our body. And then the adrenaline's effect on our nervous system causes the capillaries that carry blood to our skin to widen. Since blood is then brought closer to the surface of the skin, it causes us to blush.

“If you've ever blushed from embarrassment, you know that your skin can reflect what you're feeling inside. It makes sense, then, that emotional trouble might show up as skin trouble. Although cause and effect can be difficult to pin down, considerable data suggest that at least in some people, stress and other psychological factors can activate or worsen certain skin conditions. The bond between skin and mind has deep roots, going back at least as far as skin-to-skin contact between newborn and mother, and is beyond the scope of this article. But communication through the skin is thought by many to be central to the development of feelings about the self and the world. Little wonder that our emotions might affect our skin — and that the relationship is likely to be complex.” Harvard Women's Health Watch

So, if we are aware that our mood has a huge impact on how we feel why is that most of us don’t strive to always maintain a positive state of mind? Why is it that most of us allow trivial matters to rule our daily lives?

These questions have such huge grey area that I think even the smartest of us could not adhere to bullet point advice on a to do list on how to acquire and keep happiness. It is so fleeting, it is a hurried experience of elation and pleasure which quickly fades away. Leaving us to wonder if we did experience such a thing. Now let’s not chuck every little known skin issue to happiness, Many skin problems usually have nothing to do with how John or Jill makes us feel that week, and many skin issues clear up or improve with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and DIY medications. The aim of this article is to simply shed some light on the confusion does entertainment which can include having a social life, working in an industry where make up is worn frequently, doing sports, etc, contribute to having good skin. The answer is yes, but complex. I have known people who had bad sleeping habits and didn’t have a kosher diet, yet their skin was flawless. And there were others of my friend who were very particular what was in their bottle of water to the lipstick they wore, yet they were breaking out every other week, but they were happy individuals. So to say the least, while our mood may have a say on how our skin will react but don’t forget it’s a component of things. Having good skin is a mixed bag, from eating healthy to exercising daily, home remedy and high end skin care products, those things are not a waste of time to include in all the above to do list in keeping and maintaining the health of our skin.

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