How Can Stress Distress Your Skin


Stress is a normal part of life for Singaporeans but it doesn’t have to be there all the time. You acknowledge that it is part of your life but you should make it a point to oust it before it can take a toll on your health and the relationships around you. Stress does not only affect the brain but also your body.


When you are stressed out, you notice that your body reflects that. For example, when you have endless to-do-list piling up, pimples will inhabit your face and if you do not like what you see, you tend to touch it leading to blemishes. It is a vicious cycle. Other skin problems will arise soon if you do not do anything about the root cause.

According to Dr. Abigail Waldman, a dermatologist in Boston, there are serious side effects of stress and what it can do to your skin. Here’s how stress can distress your skin when you are faced with overwhelming situations:

It can exacerbate pre-existing conditions

For people with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, it flare up when they are stressed or anxious. The reason behind this is that underneath the skin is the unstable burst of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can wreak havoc on your immune system as well as your blemish-free face.


Inadequate sleep can worsen the skin’s condition 

Sleep has a big role in your overall wellness and it should not be ignored. You should make sure that you do not deprive yourself of sleep because it can show on your face. There’s the swollen eyes and dark circles not to mention worsening the skin’s condition. Sleep is supposed to be the time for the body to repair the skin and depriving yourself of sleep means not giving the body time to repair or heal the skin.

Falling hairs are evident

When you are super stressed out, you will have a condition known as effluvium. This condition is connected with your hair. When you have this condition, your hair will its normal pattern of growing and falling. The reason behind this is that the body sees stress as a threat and it sees growing hair as pointless so it just keeps on falling out. The good news though is that it can return to its previous patterns if you are calm.

Your skin will reflect on how you take care of your body. Do not ignore the signs and always care for your skin. There are different products that can help you with your skin, you have to avail of that.

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