Our physical appearance is important to all of us. When you pass someone in the street you want them to look back at you because of your attractiveness and not because of the red blotches on your neck. Unfortunately the red areas on your skin may be an unpleasant side effect of anxiety.
When you experience anxiety your body is under a lot of stress and it produces stress hormones as a result. These hormones can cause your skin to become more sensitive to allergens or other underlying skin conditions. Anxiety is known to either cause or worsen the following skin conditions:
- Atopic dermatitis (skin inflammation)
- Herpes infections (Warts)
Not only can these skin conditions cause other unwanted side effects like itching or scarring but they can also make you feel more self conscious and lower your self esteem. When we do not feel confident in a specific situation it can cause even further anxiety and compound the problem.
It is important to make sure that your skin condition is not caused by a more life threatening illness, other than anxiety. For this reason you should still consult your doctor. Fortunately there are changes that you can make in your everyday life that may ease the embarrassment and the discomfort caused by the unsightly blotches on your skin.
If your skin reaction is caused by anxiety, the most obvious way to relieve your skin rash is to relieve your anxiety. First remember that anxiety is a normal part of life, and if it is applied in the right way it may help you to achieve your dreams and your goals. Anxiety is however not supposed to disrupt your everyday life or have a bad influence on your quality of life. The key to eliminate and prevent these red blotches from returning is to control your anxiety.
Relaxation methods such as breathing exercises, yoga and meditation can all alleviate anxious, worried thoughts and they may even be fun too. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be useful to teach you ways of better handling stress and so reducing your anxiety. If anxiety is disrupting your sleep and consequently making it more difficult to deal with everyday stress, try a natural relaxant such as chamomile tea before bedtime.
Anxiety can be overcome, and while you are at it, you can relieve your skin rash with some herbal remedies such as licorice gel or St. John’s wort lotion. Herbal teas such as guava tea or Chinese herbal tea can further help you to regain your confidence by treating your skin rash.
Try to avoid wearing long sleeved clothing of synthetic material. If your skin is hot and clammy from wearing the wrong clothes it can worsen the rash. This is proven by the fact that your skin rash will probably be worse on hot summer days than in winter. Of course you would want to hide the unsightly marks, but by just being patient you can potentially get rid of them completely. Also make sure that your skin is properly hydrated. You can do this by not bathing or showering more than once a day and by not using very hot water that dries your skin. After bathing pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizing cream.
Depending on what type of skin rash you develop because of your anxiety you may want to include supplements in your diet, such as vitamin A, vitamin B and Zinc. Oil supplements such as Fish oils, Flaxseed oil or Evening primrose oils may further reduce the red spots on your skin and help you to feel attractive again.
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