How Does Stress Affect Your Skin?
Everyone is struggling to juggle their family, work and social lives. It’s not a cake walk to balance everything in life, especially for women who have to give equal amount of time to their work as well as other responsibilities.
Even on the weekends, we are taken up with more mundane jobs that leaves us drained, tired even after a good night’s sleep and exhausted because of stress.
Stress not only affect us internally but also externally too. Let’s have a look on skin diseases that can be caused by Stress –
Acne, Psoriasis, or Eczema : Have you ever noticed why you break out right before an important task like test or meeting at work? The link between stress and acne has to do with hormone. Stress releases cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on your face or body.
Stress causes skin issues to flare up regardless of what you’re prone to, whether it’s acne, psoriasis, or eczema because Stress affects many different immune cells negatively, which causes flare-ups of immunity-related skin conditions such as cold sores (along with psoriasis, eczema, shingles, and viral warts)
When you are feeling stressed, your body releases cortisol and other hormones and induce your sebaceous gland to produce more oil, thus causing you to be more prone to breakouts. Cortisol is a powerful steroid that also effect functioning of your immune system, making you more susceptible to cold and flu.
Dryness and dullness: Stress reduces the lipid barrier on the skin, allowing fluids to evaporate and leading to dryness. When the stress response kicks in chronically, skin cells take longer to reach the skin surface and flake off, allowing dead skin cells to build up and causing your skin to look dull.
Skin Cancer: Studies have also shown that living a stressful life increases our chances of getting skin cancer in later years, and stress has been proven to help cancer spread more quickly in mice that were being exposed to UV radiation.
Rashes and Itching: Epidermal skin cells lay on top of each other and are packed tightly together, forming a strong barrier that blocks the penetration of bacteria and other pathogens. This protective outermost layer of skin becomes impaired when we are under stress.
Brittle Nails: When we are under duress, our nails can become thin and brittle. People who are stressed are also more likely to have bad nail habits, such as biting or picking at their nails and cuticles. This can damage nails even more and possibly lead to an infection.
Excess Sweating: Excessive sweating is another sign of stress. The sweat comes from apocrine glands, which are concentrated under the skin of the armpits and groin. That’s why you may see dark stains forming under the arms of your shirt when you’re nervous. The fluid combines with bacteria living on your skin, creating that unpleasant sweat smell.
How to Reduce the Effects of Stress on Your Skin-
- Don’t neglect your skin. Take care of your skin, even if you’re tired or stressed.
- Get regular exercise because it’s good for your skin and the rest of your body and it keep the stress at bay.
- Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have ten minutes. Take a bath or read an article.
- Cut down on stimulants like caffeine, eating fruit and vegetables regularly, drinking at least 1.5 liters of water a day
- Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation.
- Get enough sleep. Seven to eight hours each night is ideal.
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