A new year, a new set of responsibilities, which often means a new round of super-stress to deal with. Chronic stress wreaks havoc on your life and guess what? That includes your skin. Sleep deprivation and a crazy schedule can mess up your routine, which won’t do your healthy glow any favours, but will also lead you to likely partake of activities that up your toxin levels (think: coffee, sugar, booze, etc.). Your skin is responsible for releasing toxins – so when you’re stressed, it’s doing detox overtime. If you’re still wondering can stress damage your skin, take a look at some of the ways your skin might be telling you YES!
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), a virus that gets passed on through contact with infected skin or body fluid, but those who have it won’t often see it manifest until a trigger releases it. The virus can spend most of its time dormant, just hanging out in your nerves. Common triggers include exposure to sunlight, fever, and stress. If you experience a string of cold sores, or tend to get them around a common time, consider what, in your emotional life, might be triggering them, rather than just try to ease the symptoms.