Stress can sometimes affect us psychologically and can also show up in our bodies with noticeable physical issues to. Our state of mind can have a powerful effect on our skin, hair and nails too.
When you are stressed, certain chemicals in the body are released that can make your skin more sensitive and reactive. Many people who have existing skin conditions find that stress can cause them to become worse.
How stress can affect your skin
Stress can make the skin more sensitive and more reactive, which is why dermatologists recommended using moisturizers to enhance the skin barrier function. If stress compromises the skin’s barrier function, more irritants, allergens, and bacteria can penetrate the skin and cause problems. Specifically, stress can make a person’s rosacea more red or acne lesions more inflamed and more persistent. It can worsen hives, fever blisters (cold sores), psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff).
People with naturally oily skin may be more prone to acne breakouts when they are stressed because the chemicals produced by your body when you are stressed tell your skin to produce more oil. Pair this with a rushed or missed skincare regime (due to stress), and skin problems can be aggravated.
Helpful tips to combat stress-fuelled skin rashes and break-outs
- Take care of your skin by keeping it clean. Use gentle cleansers and moisturise if dry. If you wear make-up, make sure you remove it before you go to sleep.
- Exercise can have a positive effect on improving the condition of your skin and the rest of your body. Try to fit in at least 10 minutes each day.
- Do something you enjoy to help you relax and reduce your stress levels.
- Take a walk outside to clear your mind.
- Do some simple stress management techniques, such as meditation or breathing exercises.
- Get the recommended minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
- Don’t be afraid to say no to things, if it will help reduce your stress.
- Talk to a friend. Voicing your feelings and confiding in someone can help relieve feelings of anxiety and stress.
- Eat a healthy diet.