Stress can be the silent killer you didn’t see coming. While it's a natural part of being human, chronic stress can take a toll on the body, including the health of your skin.
Not to get spooky, but it’s important to cover some of the ways stress shows up on your skin so you can better regulate when needed.
Oil Production and Breakouts:
Experiencing a challenging week? The hormonal response to stress can stimulate heightened oil production from your glands. This increased oil production may contribute to issues like clogged pores and acne. Additionally, stress can amplify your body's inflammatory response, heightening the likelihood of acne breakouts. If you suffer from conditions like eczema or psoriasis, you also may notice a flare up.
When we’re stressed we often feel sensitive, and your skin does too. So be gentle with yourself. Remember taking some time to reset and relax shouldn’t be seen as unproductive, but rather giving yourself the space you need to be mentally online and not lost in a frenzy.
If I told you stress literally ages you, would you think twice about it? Excess collagen (stress hormone) can accelerate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It's a bit ironic that as we work hard for a brighter tomorrow, we are also losing a bit of our youth from today. Life may be short, but it’s also long. Remember to enjoy the day that’s in front of you and slow down every once in awhile. Your skin and your soul will thank you.
Stress can sometimes affect the skin barrier function leading to a flaky, dry texture. A dull complexion creeping from the inside out can't be cured by moisturizer alone, so take a breath. Drink some extra water, put a face mask on and kick up your feet for a few.
When the mind needs a break, it will show up on the body, and your skin is a great indication of this.
Stress can effect the skin’s ability to heal properly. When your body is already under pressure, it can struggle with efficiency. Wounds may take longer to heal, leaving acne breakouts lingering more than you want.
These are a few of the most noticeable ways stress creeps in, but drawn-out tension in the body leads to countless negative effects on the body spreading way beyond your complexion. The biggest way to combat these impacts is by leading a balanced life. That’s something we’ve all heard hundreds of times, but it’s because it rings true.
Imagine your body as a synchronized ecosystem. When an intruder appears and disrupts the harmony, all other aspects will be affected. This is how prolonged stress can intercept the body.
Every body is different and everyone copes different with adversity. Taking time to learn how you like to unwind is a great way to connect with yourself while actually improving your health. Do your skin a favor and do something nice for you. Be gentle, be kind, be understanding, and cherish the beautiful body you live in.