We all face stress, whether it is related to work, and
family problems, to traffic jams on the road as if you are not going to
Everyone certainly doesn’t want to be friends with stress,
so does with our skin. As the largest organ in the body, the skin is also
affected by the prolonged stress that we experience.
Skin reactions to stress can be seen clearly, starting from
the dull and dry condition, acne, even eczema.
“For the skin, stress affects two categories, namely
acute or chronic. The worst effect is of course chronic stress. “The
longer we experience stress, the more visible the effects on the skin,”
said Dr.Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York, USA.
What will happen to the skin when we are struggling with stress?
To explain it, we need to understand the connection between
skin, mind, and digestive organs. When our minds face stress, there will be a
slowdown of digestion in the intestine.
The longer the stress, it can affect the greater the effect
on the digestive organs. When the work of digestion slows down, the balance of
bacteria is also disrupted. This condition can trigger inflammation
According to Bowe, the result of internal inflammation
is that the skin becomes pimpled or has eczema, even psoriasis.
2. Dry skin
When the body faces stress, it activates a “fight or
avoid” response that affects the rise of the hormone cortisol and
This condition also activates sweat glands so the skin will
lose water faster. If we drink less, the result is the skin becomes dry.
3. Exacerbates the existing skin problems
There are certain hormones that are active when we are
stressed, which can eventually make the immune system weak and trigger an
inflammatory response, such as eczema or psoriasis.
This factor has a big influence on people who have skin
disorders or are vulnerable at the outset. Skin problems also become easily
4. More oily
Stress will stimulate the brain to produce specific hormones
to prepare the body for a stressful environment. The side effects, the hormone
also activates oil glands in the skin, “said Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a
researcher in the field of dermatology.
Overactive oil glands can cause clogged pores and blackheads
5. Effect on the scalp
Some people may experience oilier or drier skin than usual.
Each person is different depending on how his body responds to hormonal changes
Long-standing stress can also cause seborrheic dermatitis,
with symptoms of redness and white spots on the scalp.
At a certain level, stress can also make hair loss for
example when we are seriously ill, the body will stop producing hair. A too
tight diet can also cause stress effects on the body.
6. Nails become brittle
Usually nails will become brittle when we are facing
long-term stress. This happens because the body’s energy is focused on healing
so that the nail part is not a priority.