Skin Grinding: What Is It?
The word “skin” means to cover or protect. Therefore, it refers to covering the surface of the body with a protective layer of dead skin cells (keratin). Keratin is a protein found in hair follicles and nails. It provides strength and elasticity to connect bones together, which makes our bodies strong and flexible.
The term “grind” comes from the fact that when skin cells are exposed to friction, they form tiny crystals called keratin. These crystals grow larger and bigger until they become hard enough to grind into a fine powder.
When these small particles of keratin come in contact with each other, they cause inflammation and pain.
What Does Skin Grinding Do?
Grinding causes irritation because it irritates the delicate layers of your skin. If you have ever had acne, then you know what I’m talking about. It’s not just the itching and burning; it’s the discomfort caused by rubbing your face against abrasive surfaces.
In addition to irritating your skin, grinding causes the formation of tiny blood clots in your pores. These clots block pores from being able to drain excess sebum out of them.
They also cause dryness and flaking of your skin.
Why Do People Skin Grind?
People grind their teeth at night for two reasons. The first reason is that they are stressed out and don’t know how to deal with it in a healthy way. The second reason is that they have a medical condition called bruxism.
Stress can cause emotional damage to your body, and grinding your teeth is one of the ways the body releases this stress. Teeth grinding can become a habit that you do in your sleep.
This is why you might not even know that you have bruxism.
There are pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical ways to treat your bruxism. Some medical professionals will prescribe a special mouth guard or night-time teeth brackets to help reduce the frequency of tooth grinding and clenching.
There are also natural ways to help treat bruxism, such as meditation, yoga, or taking up a new hobby.
What Are the Effects of Skin Grinding?
The first thing you will experience is irreversible teeth and gum damage. Your teeth will become increasingly sensitive to hot and cold, and you may even begin to lose them if you do not stop grinding them.
The second thing that you will experience is tiredness and a lack of focus. Teeth grinding can cause your resting heart rate to increase, leaving you constantly fatigued throughout the day.
The third thing that you will experience is jaw pain and limited head movement. Grinding your teeth can cause your jaw muscles to become tense, resulting in aching and limited head movement.
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Skin Grinding?
If left untreated, bruxism can lead to osteoarthritis in your vertebral column. This is caused by an uneven distribution of forces on your spine.
It can also lead to a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition affects the muscles in your jaw, causing pain when you chew and limiting your ability to open your mouth.
Does Skin Grinding Affect Your Overall Health?
Grinding your teeth can also cause earaches, headaches, and neck pain. I’m sure you can imagine that having your jaw muscles constantly tensed up can’t be good for the rest of your body.
Skin grinding can also have an effect on your immune system. Bruxism can cause your white blood cells to increase, leading to higher instances of infection.
What is the Longest Time You Have Grinding Your Teeth?
The longest time I have ground my teeth is about three months. It was very stressful period in my life, so I’m not surprised that I developed bruxism over it!
I definitely suggest trying to get on top of your stress and relaxing more. That doesn’t just mean taking time out to meditate or exercise; it can also mean cutting back on obligations that you have in your life.
For example, I used to be in several music groups, but after a while I decided to leave all but one of them. This may have been difficult for me, but it ultimately reduced my stress levels and stopped me from grinding my teeth too much.
How Does Skin Grinding Feel?
To be honest, it feels pretty weird. It’s almost a tingling feeling in your head that eventually progresses to an actual painful sensation.
I don’t grind my teeth every night; sometimes I go weeks without doing it. Some people seem to grind their teeth on a regular basis, while others only do it during periods of high anxiety or stress.
What Does Skin Grinding Feel Like?
When you are grinding or clenching your teeth your jaw muscles tend to tense up. This can result in a stiff feeling in your neck and sometimes a dull ache that feels similar to an ear ache. Your ears may even start to feel hot and tense.
Your lips may feel sore, as you may sink your teeth into them during moments of tension. You may notice small lacerations in your lip at which point you should stop grinding immediately.
The next stage is when you start to feel a headache coming on, and your face may start to feel hot. You may grind during the day as well as in your sleep.
If you hit any particularly tense moments, you may start grinding so hard that you feel pain in your teeth.
Sometimes you may feel sharp jabs of pains that are your tooth enamel starting to crack or break from the force of your grinding.
How Do You Treat Skin Grinding?
Besides treating the stress or anxiety that is causing you to grind, there are other measures which you can take to alleviate the condition.
Some of these are lifestyle choices and others involve the use of professional treatments.
* Try to relax. Taking some time out for yourself can help you to stop grinding your teeth.
Take some deep breaths and focus on something that makes you happy.
* Check your diet.
Are you consuming a lot of acidic or sugary food and drinks?
These types of foods are terrible for your teeth and can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood that you will grind your teeth. Try to cut back on these types of food and drink and see if it helps.
* Use a night guard.
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