Skin care and healthy skin isn’t just about what topical skin care products you use. It’s also about what lifestyle choices you make, what you put into your body and how you adapt to and deal with Cultural Stress®. It’s all part of Dr. Murad’s revolutionary philosophy of Inclusive Health®, which gives you the tools to achieve healthy skin and a healthy body by teaching you to Look Better, Live Better and Feel Better. While it may not seem as though the amount of time that you spend on the internet can impact how your skin looks, it’s actually the opposite that is true. You may be surprised by the number of ways in which the time that you spend online can impact the health of your body and its largest organ, the skin.
You may feel as though the time that you spend on the internet is your relaxation or “zone out” time, but studies have shown that online time can lead to stress. This is particularly true if you spend a lot of time participating in social networks. Studies have shown that social networks increase your stress level. Your brain isn’t relaxing when you’re online. It’s actually in over-drive. This is even truer if you use your mobile device to browse the internet and participate on social media at all times of the day and night. This means that you are never disconnected from an ongoing stream of issues, “live-up-to-expectations” and chatter. While most of the studies on social networks and stress have been performed on teenagers and young adults, the impact is just as powerful for people of any age.
Stress impacts your skin no matter what your skin type or skin care concern is. For people with acne-prone skin or using an acne treatment regimen, stress triggers the adrenal gland. That creates an over-production of androgens, which leads to an excess of pore-clogging skin cells that then lead to inflamed blemishes. For all other skin types, stress affects hormones, which when out of balance can cause dry skin, oily skin, depleted collagen or even dark spots.