The Stress Effects on Your Skin

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 anywhere.

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?

1. Inflammation

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 (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 adrenaline.

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 relapsed.

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 and pimples.

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 when stressed.

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.