Stress And Skin: 8 Ways Stress Affect Your Skin?

Stress can be a common issue in everyone’s life. But, if you look into it a little more deeply, the same problem may reflect its action on your skin.

How Does Stress Affect Your Body?


Stress actually affects your overall body, whether it is your face, hair, or even your nail and teeth.

This article will help you to understand the effect of stress on your health and skin and some remedies to these problems.

Stress And Skin 8 Way Stress Affect Your Skin
  • Acne

Stress will cause the release of a hormone called  Cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone that helps to produce oil on your skin. It can activate the sebaceous gland and in turn, it produces more oils than required. The production of oil clogs your skin pores and causes breakouts. This is a common problem experienced in the daily life of people.

  • Skin inflammation

When your body receives a sense or impulse of threat (stress),  the immune system of your body goes into a state of inflammation. The body overreacts to the situation and sends out an inflammatory response. Internal inflammation may increase the chance of eczema or acne, psoriasis externally in the skin.

  • Dry skin

Stress may affect the water retention property of the skin barrier called the stratum corneum. This causes the formation of dry and itchy skin and lacks hydration in the outer skin.

  • Grey hair

You might have heard about the greying of hair in people with more stress. The problem is said to be caused by the disappearance of the melanocytes ( the cell that gives color to the hair and skin), which eventually leads to the formation of grey hair or hair with no melanocytes.

  • Hair fall

Chronic stress or long-term stress causes the falling out of hair than usual count. The condition is called telogen effluvium. It is a common and one of the most founded problems in people with stress.

  • Nail thinning

 Chronic stress can cause the nail to become thin, peel, brittle, break and also cause slow growth.

  • Premature Aging

Chronic or overstress may cause the loss of skin elasticity, formation of wrinkles, pale skin, and also premature aging of the skin.

  • Temporary face flushing

 Stress brings a change in your breathing habits, which causes the temporary flushing of the face.

How to manage skin stress issues?

Stress may seem impossible to escape from. But there are some methods to manage or minimize stress and its effect on the skin.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Hydrate

Drinking a sufficient amount of water is one of the best methods to make your skin more hydrated. This also helps to avoid premature aging and wrinkle formation. Water also helps to remove the toxins in the body and keeps the skin healthy.


Moisturize your skin often, it helps your skin to look nourished.

๐Ÿ‘‰Stay protected from the sun

Keep yourself protected and away from the sun.

๐Ÿ‘‰Find yourself some space and time

Try and learn to find yourself some time. Relaxation helps to reduce your stress which may reflect positively on your skin.

๐Ÿ‘‰Maintain a good skincare routine

Without giving superiority to your stress, Always make sure to hydrate your skin, take off your makeup, and try to stick with your daily skincare routine


Exercising helps to lower your stress, but remember to avoid exercising under the scorch of the sun.

๐Ÿ‘‰Avoid drugs and alcohol

 Drugs and alcohol may worsen your stress condition if you use them frequently and persistently.

๐Ÿ‘‰Be socially enganging

Communication is a great way to relieve your stress. You can either talk to your trusted friend, family member or even ask for a medical professional.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Healthy diet.

Keep your diet healthy with a bunch of vegetables and fruits. A good diet helps your skin look better and healthier.

๐Ÿ‘‰Good Sleep

Good sleep helps to improve your cognition, mood, and even energy. So be sure to sleep enough.


Acne, inflammation, grey hair, hair loss, etc are also influenced by your emotional state. If you give too much pressure and stress to yourself, you might end up being prone to the above health and skin problems. Though stress might seem unavoidable, it can be managed by trying the above remedies.

Make sure to follow a healthy lifestyle and also donโ€™t forget to seek a medical professional, if your stress level is high.

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