Impact Stress Can Have on Your Skin

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Stress has become the new norm in our lives today, and it seems almost impossible to lead a stress-free life. There is enough scientific evidence as to how stress can play havoc with our health and have serious consequences. Stress can also leave an impact on your skin, hair, and particularly your face. According to dermatologists and clear skin dermatologist Lake Nona, there is a direct link between the look of your skin and your stress. Read on to know more about how stress may impact your skin, which is the largest organ of your body.

● When stress increases, it increases the overproduction of sebum, and as a result, you are likely to get acne breakouts because of excessive oil in the skin glands due to sebum. The inability of the skin to stay balanced can cause acne.

● When you are under stress, your immune system tends to get more vulnerable and sensitive. Thus, it can trigger rashes, hives, and redness in your skin. Moreover, a weakened immune system also tends to increase the risk of infections.

● Stress can aggravate any existing inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis and lead to flare-ups. The skin might get thinner due to cortisol that breakdowns dermal proteins.

● Any kind of puffiness under your eyelids or bags under your eyes could be due to lack of sleep. Stress often leads to insomnia, and sleep deprivation can also contribute to eye bags and dark circles around your eyes.

● Stress can hamper the functioning of the stratum corneum, the outer layer of skin that keeps the skin cells hydrated. As a result, skin can become dull and dry as the water retention is affected negatively.

● Stress can modify the proteins in the skin and thus lower its elasticity. This lack of elasticity can encourage wrinkle formation, and repeated furrowing on the face can cause those wrinkles to set in firmly.

● If you are experiencing hair loss, it could be due to stress that can lead to hair thinning. You may develop telogen effluvium, which is a temporary condition that can cause scaly scalp and thin hair.

● Stress hormone can trigger the body’s fight-or-flight response, and you are likely to develop a waxy scalp, experience hair loss, and peeling nails. As stress can make one feel nervous or anxious, one is likely to develop the habit of scratching their skin or picking at their acne and worsening the skin condition.

Before things go too far and you damage your body and skin due to stress, it is essential to stop the stress cycle. Instead of giving in to stress, try to control it and keep your mind relaxed with techniques such as yoga and meditation. Visit a dermatologist and seek his advice and learn how you can keep away the stress and keep your mental, physical health, and skin protected.

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