December 13, 2019

We all handle life’s stressors differently, whether it has to do with work, home, or schooling. Unfortunately, the added stress can take a severe toll on the health and appearance of our skin. Our skin can’t tell the difference between physical, emotional, psychological, or environmental stress – so it reacts the same to them all.

Five ways stress can cause chaos for our complexion:

#1 Stress = Inflammation.

Many skin conditions worsen with inflammation.  When we are under stress, inflammatory cells can instantly trigger flare-ups of rosacea, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The longer the stress persists, the more prominent our skin’s symptoms will be.

#2 Stress + Adrenaline = Dry Dehydrated Skin.

When we are stressed, we experience a rise in our adrenaline levels. Adrenaline stimulates our sweat glands, causing our body to lose water and become dehydrated while attempting to cool itself. If you are not consistently replenishing your body with more fluids, your skin will suffer the effects of dehydration and become tight, flakey, and itchy.

#3 Stress + Hormones = Irritated Skin

Cortisol and adrenaline are two of our body’s primary stress hormones. When hormone levels rise it increases heart rate, blood pressure, and even sugar levels in our bloodstream. When an overabundance of cortisol is in our system, our immune system can be weakened. This weakening causes our body’s inflammatory response to kick in, which can escalate the occurrences of acne, eczema, and psoriasis flare-ups.

#4 Oil + Oil = More Oil

When you suffer from acne and oily skin, stress can be your worst enemy. Stress can increase certain levels of testosterone in our bodies, therefore producing an overabundance of skin cells.  These skin cells combined with excess oil can clog pores, causing acne conditions to worsen, and bacteria levels on our skin’s surface rise.

#5 Stress = Aging Skin

Collagen and elastin, are fibers in our skin that keep it plump, elastic, firm, and tight, they can also be severely compromised by stress. Inflammation destroys these fibers at an escalated rate leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and overall thinning of the skin. It’s essential to adjust your lifestyle to avoid premature aging of your skin’s health, function, and appearance.

Tips to combat the signs of stress on your skin:

We can’t avoid stress in life, however, we can control our reaction to it!

  • Reach out via e-mail us at as we could potentially recommend some appropriate skincare for you and adjust your regimen as needed.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Using a topical retinoid, like Tretinoin, to keep follicles clear of dead skin cell build-up.
  • Decrease stress by incorporating meditation, exercise, and deep breathing exercises.
  • Become self-aware. Train yourself to recognize when you are responding negatively to stress and create an action plan to moderate your response.

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