How Stress Affects your Skin

How Stress Affects your Skin

Everyone deals with stress, whether it's family, job or love related stress and it's a constant struggle every day. Stress is unfriendly to skin and it brings harmful effects to one’s health. Since skin is the largest organ of the body, signs of stress show off in several different ways such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and even premature aging like fine lines and wrinkles!

There are different types of stress - emotional, environmental, physical and psychological that's why different effects of stress manifests on skin. There are also two categories of stress, acute and chronic. If the skin shows off a more detrimental form, it's chronic stress. And if the stress endures longer, its chronic stress and it will really take a toll on the skin. Find out how stress affects your skin here and how to avoid it.

Different Ways on How Stress Affects your Skin


Stress Triggers inflammation

This is how stress inflames the skin according to dermatologists, when human mind recognize stress, it slows down digestion and the longer stress endure, it does great impact in your digestion. When digestion slows down, it affects the bacteria inside your intestines. Then it will results to overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria and it interrupts the natural balance of microbes and it will lead to “dysbiosis” and this will results to "leaky" intestines and eventually will trigger body inflammation. Inflammatory cells will increase and trigger flare ups and it will cause acne, pimples of the skin and even flare ups of eczema and psoriasis. So the longer the stress endures, the longer the effects stay.

Stress Dries out Skin

Every time your body is under stress, and the flight kicks in. It will result to increase in adrenaline and cortisol, which results to sweating. The eccrine and sweat glands will activate and will make you sweat more. You'll lose more water quickly and you'll become dehydrated and it can dry out skin which then results eczema. So if you are under stress, drink plenty of water to replenish and to avoid dehydration and drying out of skin.  

Stress Affects Immune System

Stress releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol; these two chemicals trigger physiological responses in the body. For instance, adrenaline increases heart rate and blood pressure, while cortisol increases sugar in the bloodstreams. Also, when the body produces more cortisol, it weakens your immune system and triggers inflammation response like eczema or psoriasis.

Stress Helps Produce More Oil in Skin

Stress can make your skin oilier and can lead to acne and pimple breakouts. The shift in hormone level, specifically cortisol contributes to ace breakouts. As side effects of high cortisol level, it revs up sebaceous glands' activity and leads to an increase level of oil, and eventually results to blockage of the skin pores and acne breakouts.  

Managing stress is a great effort. When your body is under stress, it is best that you don't neglect your health and skin. You should find ways to release the stress by doing some activity like meditation/yoga or exercise and have plenty of sleep. You don't have to go to the gym to exercise a 30-minute run or walk in the morning or afternoon at the park is a great help. To be surrounded with plants or trees is a great stress reliever.

One's stress is different from others and different things or solutions will work for each individual. To alleviate the effects of stress on skin and health, take care of your body by keeping hydrated at all times to prevent skin dryness and have a skincare routine to keep your skin moisturized.

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