We all deal with different stresses, whether related to our jobs, our families, the cities we live in or the constant struggle to do it all. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it can show signs of stress in a number of different ways. Of course, everyone’s body and skin will react to stress in different ways because we all have different genetic makeups, but the specific general rule is that stress can negatively affect one’s skin:
Dry your skin out
Whenever your body feels it’s under stress, your fight-or-flight response kicks is affected. As a result, you experience a spike in adrenaline. An increase in adrenaline causes you to sweat more. It activates the eccrine glands, the sweat glands, which cause you to become dehydrated because you’re losing a lot more water very quickly. If you’re not replenishing your body with water, you’re going to dry out. And those who have dry skin, in general, are more prone to eczema.
Worsen existing skin conditions
Your immune system is directly affected by stress. When the skin produces too much cortisol, the immune system is weakened, causing an inflammatory response such as eczema flare-up. This factor is particularly relevant for individuals who are predisposed to these skin conditions as stress can exacerbate or unmask those conditions.
Makes your skin oilier
That shift in hormone levels caused by stress can also worsen your oily skin leading to acne breakouts. Stress stimulates the brain to produce a specific set of hormones that prepare the body for a stressful environment. As a side effect, these hormones rev up the activity of sebaceous glands in the skin, leading to higher than normal levels of oil, blockages in the pores and acne breakouts.
Your scalp and hair
When it comes to your scalp and hair, there are a couple of ways stress can manifest. Some people might find their hair is oilier or drier than normal during times of stress, depending on the way their bodies react to the shift in hormone levels. Everyone’s response is going to be different in severity. Your scalp and your hair will definitely feel the effects of stress.
Makes your nails unhealthy
The same way your body stops producing hair in times of prolonged stress, it also stops making nails. Nails are not necessary for survival, so when it comes time for the body to distribute energy to promote healing, nails aren’t a top priority. Additionally, nails can become brittle or start peeling during times of stress.
So stop worrying, rather find solutions and let go of situations you cannot change.
By Damilola Faustino
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