Patients believe stress to be biggest contributor for ageing

04 May 2017

The majority of women over the age of 30 who live in Surrey and the South East believe stress and anxiety has aged them more than other lifestyle factors, according to a recent poll.

Out of the 1,000 women surveyed by Surrey-based clinic health + aesthetics, nearly 30% said stress and anxiety has had a detrimental impact on their looks since turning 30, which was followed by a lack of sleep at 21%. Other lifestyle factors such as sun damage, smoking and alcohol intake rated lower on the poll at 13% combined, and 18% said having children has made a significant impact on how they’ve aged. 

Dr Rekha Tailor, medical director of health + aesthetics said of the results, “It’s concerning that women don’t recognise the impact that lifestyle choices can have on their skin, particularly exposure to the sun. Sun exposure can have a profound impact on the quality of the skin, including accelerating the appearance of lines and wrinkles, increased sagging, the development of sun spots and, most importantly, skin cancer." 

Dr Tailor added, "While suffering from stress and anxiety can worsen existing skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea and can slow down the skin renewal process, they don’t have anywhere near the permanent impact on the skin that UV damage can have. All practitioners need to be aware of the issues raised in the survey. We need to counsel patients on how to cope with stress and anxiety and encourage them to take a holistic look at their health and life, and pin point exactly what factors in it are causing them to feel so stressed.”

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