Transcript for 'Skin Issues' Force Kirsten Storms to Take Leave From 'General Hospital'
But now to "General hospital" actress Kirsten storms trending huge on Facebook after revealing she's taking a break from the show due to suppress and her skin. Joining us now with more is board certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe. Always great to have you here. What are the most common types of problems with your skin because of stress. Stress can exacerbate psoriasis, eczema, acne, hair loss, basically when the brain senses stress, it triggers the production of a stress hormone called cortisol and when cortisol levels in the blood rise that can in turn trigger symptoms in the skin so it can lead to red patches because you're actually dilating the blood vessels feeding the skin, can lead to itchy skin, increased oil production which can cause acne flares. The brain and the skin are very closely connected. You know, it can set you up for this sort of vicious cycle. Yeah, because you become stressed because of the hair loss and -- The stress can trigger the condition and see it getting worse and that triggers more stress and can spiral out of control. What are some things you can do? Simply seeking treatment and sort of better understanding the condition can really empower you. Talking to a board certified dermatologist in the field sort of better understanding your options can give you a sense of control and, I think that when it comes to stress it's that lack of control, you know, that makes the stress so much worse but, of course, if things get severe, if your traditional coping mechanisms are not effective then you can seek out, you know, the advice of a clinical psychologist, somebody that can arm you with better tools to help you manage the stress? We all have stress and various areas of our life. What are some things we can do to keep it from affecting our skin? You know, try -- shoot for that seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Yoga, meditation, massage has shown to be very effective. Breaking a sweat, getting regular exercise a couple times a week, so key for keeping those cortisol levels down. What about diet. Diet plays a huge role. Probiotics looking for yogurt with live active cultures boosts immunity and antioxidants and deeply colored fruits and vegetables, kiwi, strawberry and kale. Avoid refined carbohydrates and saturated fats. They make things worse. Stress is no joke. I did not know this about the skin but in other areas it affects. Thank you very much.
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