The Economy is Even Ruining Your Skin

Dermatologist says stress can adversely affect skin

A Dallas dermatologist says the stress of the economy is showing up on people's faces.

Dr. Max Adler, of Park Cities Dermatology, said business is booming -- but not on the cosmetic end.

"Stress will affect hormones in the body which will adversely affect the skin," Adler said.

Tammy Gutierrez, a human resources director for a Dallas hotel, said stress has been consuming her.

"We've had to do some layoffs and possibly some more, and that's just affected my skin," she said.

Gutierrez said she's developed acne, a condition Adler said is the most common. He said eczema and hair loss are also triggered by stress.
"We're seeing more problems; people with eczema-type problems, they're getting a little worse," Adler said. "(It's) not winter time; we're seeing more acne problems along with stress."

With her acne now under control, Gutierrez said she is trying to manage stress in other ways.

"(I'm) just trying different ways to de-stress, working out more," she said.

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