Stress in unavoidable and I doubt that there is someone who are not stressed, even for a couple of minutes. Deadlines, work pressure, and having not much time can produce stress and being in the state chronically can put your health at significant risk, starting with your skin. Read on to find out how stress can affect negatively to your skin.
On the hindsight, stress is not that bad; manageable stress can give you a little bit of adrenaline rush, keeps you alert, mentally active, as well as creating general excitement as you’re pushing within yourself (imagine the feeling of satisfaction you’d get after getting the work done).
However, too much stress is not good as being overwhelmed makes you anxious and your mind in constant strain and your skin suffers it first hand. Hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are typically released during stress levels, needed to prime your body for instant action.
As soon as the first signs of stress starts, stress-related hormones released will cause the blood vessel to constrict, leading to poor circulation throughout the body. This will in turn cause lack of adequate oxygen and blood supply to the skin, making the skin’s surface flaky and prone to irritation (now you know why you tend to get big zits if you’re under pressure).
Plus, too much of cortisol produced (during fight-or-flight action) will break the healthy skin barrier, causing moisture to seep out from the skin, making them dry and lifeless. And cortisol will cause free radicals buildup, that speeds up premature aging.
If you already have skin concerns such as psoriasis and eczema, being under stress will only worsen the condition.
As it happens with chronic stress, your breathing tends to be shallow and quicker, reducing the amount of oxygen to be carried into the bloodstream – hence your skin looks grey, dull, and lacking a youthful glow. Being in a constant state of stress can also accelerate aging process – you’ll look older than your age. Wrinkles and tension are likely to form on the forehead, eyes, and mouth as during stress they tend to frown.
Another scary story that you might want to know, too much of stress will also make you more vulnerable to skin cancer. As a study made by Yale University, melanoma patients tend to lead years of stressful life leading up to the diagnosis of the disease, likely due to constant immunity suppressed as commonly happen with stress.
Definitely not a good picture being in stress at all times. Keep this fact in mind whenever you’re beginning to start to get stressed and pick one or two healthier alternatives to manage your problems and difficulties. This information was collected from this skin topics blog.