What Happens To Your Skin When You’re Stressed
We all feel stressed from time to time; how we handle the stress is what matters. Stress can have serious consequences on your health if it becomes chronic stress. Some include increasing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and negatively impacting your immune system. It can also make your skin more sensitive and make it harder for skin problems such as rosacea, and eczema to heal.
How Stress Affects Your Skin
The stress hormone cortisol will elevate when you feel stressed. Cortisol causes the skin’s sebaceous glands to pump out excessive oil and accelerates our skin’s aging process by reducing collagen and elastin. In a 2017 study, the researchers found that higher levels of stress positively correlated with acne severity. Our immune system also goes into battle, which causes inflammation.
As we mentioned before, stress will affect our immune system. A weakened immune system has the potential to an imbalance of bacteria in our body and skin. It can lead to redness, rash, and inflamed skin, such as eczema and rosacea.
Dark circles and Bags Under The Eyes
When our body is stressed, more blood is directed to our main organs. It will leave skin looking drained and dull. It also makes dark circles appear more noticeable. Research has found that stress can increase signs of aging, such as fine lines, reduced elasticity, which contribute to the formation of bags under the eyes.
Dryness and Wrinkles
The outer layer of our skin contains protein and lipids that play an important role in keeping skin cells hydrated and protecting the skin underneath. When you are stressed, the skin barrier function will be affected and slow down its ability to heal. Also, stress changes the skin’s protein contains, which contribute to the loss of elasticity of skin will contribute to the formation of wrinkles.
Stress can disrupt the hair’s growth cycle, which pushes a large number of hair follicles into a resting phase. It will lead to the hairs falling out suddenly when combing or washing hair. The good news is that hair loss from stress doesn’t have to be permanent; your hair can grow back if you get your stress under control.
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