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Stress can have a negative impact on the skin of older adults

Stress can have a negative impact on the skin of older adults
1st December 2011

While the impacts of stress on general health are well known, many older adults will not realise that it can also have negative effects on the skin.

Alice Hart-Davis, creator of www.GoodThingsBeauty.com, stated: "When you are older, and expect to be past the acne stage, it is particularly frustrating to still get outbreaks."

If older adults are placed under too much stress - around the Christmas period for example - the body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes spots.

"Keep your stress levels down [and] cleanse your skin properly every evening to remove dirt," Ms Hart-Davis advised.

Oil free products are beneficial for getting skin under control and preventing the clogging of pores.

However, if stress is not managed it can cause much more fatal problem in older adults than spots.

Researchers have discovered strong links between self-reported feelings of prolonged stress and ischemic strokes, large vessel disease, small vessel disease and cryptogenic stroke.

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