The Surprising Effect Stress Has on Your Skin

It has long been noted that our mood and stress level has an effect on our skin. For example, when we are sick or feeling rundown your skin generally suffers. It may look tired, dull and may also feel dry or tight.

What about Stress?

Stress doesn’t directly cause acne or breakouts, but it does act as a trigger for the factors that contribute to acne development. For example, it leads to excess oil secretion which can clog the pores and lead to acne build-up.

Stress is triggered by many things. It can be due to some kind of personal crisis or tension at work or any other reason. The COVID pandemic and the long lockdown phase has also caused people to experience exceptionally high stress levels.

We have personally seen a rise in the number of patients coming to our clinic that are suffering from some kind of skin condition triggered because of stress.

Here’s how it causes a skin problem (like, acne)

This constant, continued and heightened level of stress sends the adrenal glands into an overdrive. Adrenal glands are in charge of regulating stress, and when stressful situations arise, adrenal glands stimulate sebaceous (oil) glands to secrete more sebum (oil). This excess oil sets the stage for acne development.

Stress also causes increased blood flow and expansion of capillaries, which makes skin appear redder and more inflamed. It can also cause poor absorption of nutrients in the diet and can lead to slower healing because of a lowered immune system.

Do not underestimate the power that it has on your skin.

So do not underestimate the power that stress has on your skin. Being aware of the tension in your mind is an important step. If your skin has made a sudden or drastic change then usually stress is a contributing factor on some level.

However, despite everything, we always recommend that you consult your dermatologist before you try to self-medicate or experiment with any new skin care product. A qualified skin expert will be able to make the right recommendations on your individual case.

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The Skin Health Clinic, UK’s premier skin clinic, has been transforming people’s lives for years now. If you are looking for a solution to your skin problems, connect with us right away. We would love to help you. Come, let’s transform skin!

In the meantime, if you want to read more on acne, click here.