Stress Affects on Skin

Anyone who has suffered a period of high stress at any point in their life will know exactly what kind of impact stress can have on your skin. Suddenly your face is covered in breakouts, you have dry flaking patches or a rash where you have never had a rash before. Stress can effect each individual differently, and the same individual differently at different times.

One of the most common impacts of stress on skin is a break out of pimples and blemishes. The reason for this is when stressed, the hormones in your body are at varying levels, with emotions reaching sudden highs and lows and your body trying to cope with the changes. Stress-caused breakouts usually occur around the chin area, or the typical t-zone, much like the experience many individuals get during puberty. However the breakouts can also affect other areas of the body, such as the back, arms and pretty much anywhere that oil is produced in the skin. All you can really do is treat the break outs as you would treat any other break out, with specialised creams and cleaning routines.

Dry, flaking skin is also a common skin complaint when experiencing stress. When we are stressed, we are often quite fatigued and with fatigue comes starvation of oxygen, due to broken sleep patterns. It may also be that you are not hydrating as often, as you cannot find time to maintain your daily fluid intake. In such cases, your skin suffers and you may find yourself with dermatitis or eczema type symptoms. This can occur on the face or anyone on the body.

Stress can have such a strong impact on the body that it may even cause you to develop a rash or hives, on your face or body. Again this is the result of hormones acting up in your body and it works as an attempt to tell you something is wrong. It is important to see a doctor as soon as a rash appears, to ensure it is not caused by anything else and if it is determined your stress is the cause, it is certainly time to assess your situation and seek professional help if needed.

To minimise the effects of stress on your skin it is important to maintain a healthy diet, with balanced regular meals, a minimum of six glasses of water per day and a regular exercise routine. It is also important to address your stress if it has impacted on you physically and not just emotionally, by stopping and looking at your situation and seeing what you can do to decrease the stress in your life. Our body alerts us when things are not quite right, so if your skin starts to show signs of stress, that is when you know your stress levels are beyond the normal levels and it is time to take action.