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Stress is a phenomenon of body adaptation, allowing the human being to react to its environment. It affects more women (37%) than men (24%).
When you are stressed, your body reacts by secreting hormones (adrenalin, cortisol etc) which stimulate all your vital systems in order that you are ready to face a situation… or escape! This syndrome of adaptation, rather positive at its origins as it was intended to help us to survive, has however two negative consequences on the skin. Indeed, in case of chronic stress, the body becomes exhausted, precisely because it is permanently hyper-stimulated by these same hormones. The skin, like the rest of the body, suffers from this hormonal deregulation.
The causes of stress
Stress can be tied to physical reactions:
- Extreme temperatures
- An injury
- An illness
And to these psychological reactions:
- An unsettling remark
- A painful situation
- A particular fear.