October 10th is World Mental Health Day, though it’s a topic that deserves our attention year-round…particularly when it comes to physical enhancement. A common misconception is that the skincare industry is ‘superficial’ and tries to convince people to have treatments they don’t need. We beg to disagree, strongly.
We know from attending professional conferences our colleagues share dermavidual’s holistic perspective on beauty. We and they strive to help our skin care clients understand all the factors contributing to how others see them…
…and how they see themselves.
Mental Health vs Skin Health?
We recently received an enquiry from someone wondering whether anti-depressants has a negative effect on skin health. Psychopharmacology is a subject we know well at dermaviduals. A member of our team thrives professionally thanks to her meds and practical coping strategies. Rather than being a ‘victim’ as others might perceive her, she has learned to harness her mental health issues and use them to her advantage. For us, it’s a powerful daily reminder of the large role mental health plays in so many lives.
This brings us back to the question of whether anti-depressants impact skin beauty.
The short answer: yes. The long answer: there are things you can do to offset the effects of anti-depressants, so you won’t even think about going off your essential medication. Most importantly, keep in mind that improving mood and stress levels with medication may actually cause your skin to improve.
The Gut-Brain Skin Axis
There’s a link between your mind and your body, facilitated by an unexpected source. Researchers have learned up to 90% of neurotransmitters are produced by trillions (literally) of different strains of bacteria. In addition to maintaining balance (homeostasis) throughout the body, these microbes also release chemicals associated with skin conditions.
Unfortunately, as studies by the U.S. National Institutes of Health show, anti-depressants can disrupt healthy communication between your brain and skin because of its impact on gut microbes. This can lead to:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Dry lips
- Excess perspiration
- General dehydration
- Night sweats
dermaviduals’ Fixes for Dry Skin from Antidepressants
If you start experiencing skin problems you believe are related to your anti-depressants, contact your doctor. It may be possible to switch to a different medication. If not, we recommend bespoke corneotherapeutic skin care. A trained expert has the knowledge and experience to craft a personalised skincare routine targeting issues related to your medication.
Some of the most useful solutions include:
- Help for dry cheeks and lips – Look for occlusives to form a protective layer over the skin to trap in moisture and emollients that sit on your skin’s surface to prevent water from escaping.
- Cleansing excess perspiration – Hyperhidrosis may affect as many as 20% of individuals taking antidepressants. Look for products to cleanse and tone gently, but thoroughly.
- Muting redness – Anti-depressants increase the risk of skin bruising, flushing, damaged capillaries, and general redness. Treatments include dermal rolling, microdermabrasion, and cosmeuceuticals.
We invite you to visit a specialist dermaviduals skincare clinic to experience any one of our treatments. We think you’ll be surprised (and delighted) at the many options we have to make your skin glow.