Isolation and the adventures of Skin and Hair

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away – there lived a dynamic duo by the names of Skin, and Hair. 

Not much was said to be found in their small village of ‘Isolation’, but the pair knew that as time became a passage, as long as they had each other; all would be well. 

So they thought. 

Generally we feel a lot better about ourselves when everything seems to be working out well together. That’s hardly the case when we find that, often or not, when one thing is playing out its course – something else is there to remind you that it’s not always perfect. 

In this case, we’re talking about your outer appearance woes. A good hair day can do numbers on how you’ll feel for the rest of the day. Don’t even get us started on skin, because when that baby is feeling at its A-game, you’re guaranteed smooth sailing until it all goes to sh*ts. 

Because it always does. Something you need to know is that skin and hair is never at a constant, which is why maintenance is an important part of prolonging the process or getting it back to what it was. We’re not entirely excluding those who were born with the gift of great skin and hair, but most of us, at our worst, have experienced bad skin at some point.

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What we have been seeing a lot of lately is adults experiencing acne during isolation. But why? 

“I’m not going out enough for the air to contaminate my face. I’m staying home, and shielding myself from all the pore-clogging pollutants out there.” 

“I don’t sleep with a face full of makeup anymore.” 

“I’ve got a good regimen going, and my skin was back on track?” 

So why in the god almighty hell has this cystic spot decided to SHOW UP during a time where you’re only seeing 2 people on the regular for those Zoom calls? You’re not trying to impress nobody, but can we please collectively recognise this problem for a second?

And here are your answers, my friend. 

Isolation has been the perfect breeding ground for your skin and your hair. It is absolutely thriving on what you’re not doing anymore. Poorer diets, sleep disruption or lack thereof, and minimal exposure to natural UV light, are factors that have affected your outward condition. It’s your routine that’s gone out the window which has contributed to these changes, and we’re telling you now: Stress is the biggest killer. 

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That’s right. All that time thinking, deliberating, planning (or not planning) has led to one serial cause for your sudden lapse in judgement towards your skin and hair. Here’s a scientific run-down for you: when you’re stressed you produce a hormone called corticotropin-releasing-hormone , and it binds to receptors on the sebaceous glands, which leads to an increase in oil production. 

‘Increase in oil production’ is all you have to take from it to understand that stress = not a good time for your body. Oil production increase, you know, will lead to breakouts and oily hair. 

If you’re a woman, stress also increases your androgens (which is a hormone that is more evident in men), resulting in those disastrous bumps around your chin and jawline. If you’re a WFH culprit, you will also have realised by now whilst reading this, that you’re probably touching your face. Don’t do that. If you can’t account for what your hands have touched in the last 20 minutes, then steer them clear of your skin and hair! 

With your hair, stress can trigger a case of Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease that develops when your immune system attacks your hair follicles. You’d be surprised to know how many different types of causes there are for hair loss, and although Alopecia Areata isn’t just through isolation, it’s the stress that comes with events in your life that may trigger it.

So this might just be a great time to revisit that night time routine of yours. Sleep more, and get back into the action of rejuvenating your skin. Let that hair Cuticle cream of yours seep into your scalp pre-blow dry. 

But what about the stress part? How do we rid ourselves of that? There’re a few things you can learn to do whilst staying home, and that’s staying positive. Positivity only leads to greater outcomes, such as a clearer mindset and a motivated outlook on your goals. Exercise more frequently, and unplug for a bit. 

Who knows, you may come out of this looking a little less hectic. 

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding your health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Site.


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