Does Stress Cause Acne?!? Dr. Claudia Aguirre Explains.


Hey, everybody. This is Trina here at In-Cosmetics in New
York City. We’re at the Javits Center right now, and
I have this incredibly lovely guest. Dr. Claudia Aguirre is here with us, and we
are going to talk about how stress and the lack of sleep affect skin. So the big question, Claudia, is does stress,
lack of sleep, and other external factors really affect the skin? Totally. Okay. Let’s talk about that. Probably much more than we’ve ever thought. When it comes to psychological stress, there’s
a full-on wired pathway that starts in the brain from maybe an argument you had with
somebody, or a car accident, or even something less traumatic, like traffic, getting somewhere. Exactly, yeah. So that starts in the brain, triggers a series
of hormonal reactions starting in your hippocampus, and your amygdala will get involved. Then the hypothalamus releases hormones that
then travel down through your body, releasing cortisol, releasing epinephrine and norepinephrine,
of course. But these hormone changes in the brain and
body then result on inflammation in the body because you’re getting ready to go fight or
flight. When you have this fight or flight response,
or even a long-term stress, which is the worst kind of stress, chronic stress, chronic stress
equals chronic inflammation. What that means is that if you’ve got an inflammatory
skin condition already existing like acne- I was going to say that. What would be an example is acne. … or eczema or psoriasis, rosacea. These are all inflammatory skin conditions. Once you already have that as living in your
skin, then, of course, you shoot it with more inflammation, and it triggers a breakout,
it triggers an eczema flare up, it triggers a rosacea flare up. Right. That’s how stress immediately and over a long
period of time can cause skin issues. The worst part is when it’s not managed, then
it just, oh, compounds and compounds. And so, it turns into a full-on skin condition
that needs to be managed from the inside and out. That’s really interesting, and this idea of
wellness or skin health tied to our mental health or how we perceive things around us. Now is this relatively new? This is kind of new. So in terms of the brain-skin connection,
I talk about this as a neuroscientist, but this is ancient wisdom, too. We’ve always known, ancient traditions have
shown us that the mind is connected to the body. There’s always been this mind-body connection,
but what we’re seeing now is the neuroscience that shows and illustrates how it works. Once we know it, then can we find better ways
to manage it? Because I can’t prevent stress from happening. I don’t know about you, but … Yeah. Well, here’s the thing. You can prevent it from happening, but you
can’t prevent how you react to it. Oh, okay. So managing your stress. That’s the key. Got it. Yeah, so that’s the key is how you react to
the stressors. If you can manage that, if you can … There’s
a little bit of mindfulness that goes in on it. Basically, if you are aware of it and you
have paid attention to it, you’re able to then cognitively say, “Okay, here we go. I’m getting stressed again. Let me block this from getting out of hand,”
and do a couple of things that might immediately mitigate the stress response. That could be a few deep breaths. That could be taking a little bit of a walk
and taking a break, taking a mental break. Then, of course, in the longer period of time,
self-care is essential. It could be, again, taking a breather or doing
a meditation, a yoga session. These are mind-body therapies that do work
and that they do have an effect on the brain and the body. How does this relate or does this relate to
what you’re talking about today? A little bit. So I’m going off of a bit of a tangent here,
and still it’s neuroscience, but I’m talking about our perception of beauty. Oh, okay. So from fillers to filters, we have really
gone the gamut of how we alter our appearance. But now our appearance is altered much more
digitally. We’re seeing things like artificial intelligence,
augmented reality, anybody that uses those filters out there. Guilty sometimes. This is augmented reality, and this is impacting
how we perceive ourselves and how we perceive beauty in general. So my question is: what does that mean? What does it mean for our sense of beauty
to be potentially manipulated by artificial intelligence and augmented reality? Are we ready for this? Do we know that our brain is constantly changing
as we see things, as we perceive things? Our perception is a reality and our reality
is changing. Well, you are going to be speaking here at
what time? Not too long from now. Yeah, 3:45. 3:45. At the Marketing Trends Theater. You can catch her there. If you have any questions, feel free to send
them all over, and I’ll try to get some answers for you, okay? All right. Take care, you guys. Bye. Bye.

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