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What is the skin’s stress-response system?

One of the most provocative and exciting discoveries in the last decade is that skin has its own stress-response system. Just as our central body as a whole (in medical terms, we refer to this as systemic) has a brilliant system set up to handle stressful situations, our skin has its own local, fully functional equivalent. In other words, the skin has established its own independent, yet parallel version of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. It can produce forms of the same molecules famously manufactured and used by the central body during a stressful event, including ACTH and CRH, cortisol, beta-endorphin, as well as serotonin and melatonin -- two hormones key to mood. Amazing to think that skin is not only an unexpectedly prominent target organ for multiple signals, which have a profound impact on its health and risk for disease, but it is also an astonishing factory for the same signals. Our skin and nervous system share a language we are just beginning to understand.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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