in Black women chronic stress that stems from acts of racism and discrimination can add years on to our features.
Consequently, we develop baggy, puffy, or dark circles beneath our eyes. More wrinkles even appear. There’s nothing more important than our beauty rest and taking care of our bodies.
3. Stress Can Leave Our Skin Inflamed
Additionally, prolonged stress can cause the appearance of hyperpigmentation spots, sometimes even large patches. In particular, Black skin has always been vulnerable to such skin issues due to the amount of melanin our bodies produce.
Unfortunately, the introduction of stress can either worsen or lead to hyperpigmentation. Research shows that “the synthesis of melanin can be deregulated by an excess of cortisol or a high concentration of inflammatory molecules.” In others, it can throw our bodies out of whack. No woman wants those problems.
Managing our stress is more important than we think. As Black women, we especially need to protect our energy in this modern day and age. While we weather through some harsh and rough times on a constant basis, we are changing the narrative. All skin types—blemishes and all, are beautiful.
According to Beauty and Skincare Expert Felicia Walker of Black Women’s Health Imperative, our chronic conditions don’t define us.
“What we focus on is caring for our skin and understanding that your skin can still be hydrated, healthy and balanced even if it’s showing signs of distress,” she says.
The doctor notes that there are ways for us to care for our skin and make us feel good.
“Having a skincare routine – even if [your] skin is not perfect – the act itself of caring for yourself can make you feel good about your skin, no matter what state it is in.”
Stress doesn’t rule our lives. Instead, we’re in control, no matter what life throws at us.