Effects of stress on your skin

July 27, 2015 - 1 min read

Has your skin been playing up recently? It might be due to stress, as stress can cause breakouts, rashes and more. Take a look at our list of effects to see if you relate to any of these.

#1 Breakouts

From a few pimples before a special occasion to a couple of blackheads the night of a date, there’s never a good time for a breakout. So stop stressing! Stress has an adverse affect on our immune system; your body battles stress by directing blood flow and oxygen away from your skin and to other parts of your body—consequently increasing your likelihood of a breakout.

#2 Worsens skin conditions

Whether it’s a rash, cold sore or any other skin-related condition, stress can be a factor in all of these problems. Not only does stress weaken your immune system, but impairs the outer layer of your skin, making it easier for bacteria and other pathogens to penetrate.

#3 Oily skin

When you stress, your body produces more cortisol and other hormones that send messages to your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Oily skin will not only make your skin appear unhealthy, but you will be more prone to acne.

#4 Dryness

The lipid barrier of your skin is a combination of proteins and fats that form a natural barrier that both holds moisture in and keeps dirt out. Stress can reduce this lipid barrier, causing your skin’s fluids to evaporate—making your complexion dry as a result.

#5 Dullness

When your body is suffering from stress, your skin cells take longer to reach the surface and flake away. This means your entire natural exfoliation process is slowed, resulting in dull looking skin.

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