Your body follows your mind—you might have heard this before. And because your skin is also a part of your body, it’s only fair that the effects of your mind will show on your skin as well.
Have you noticed how your skin looks radiating when you are truly happy? We’re pretty sure you have. And even if you didn’t, people around you must have noticed and complimented you on your glowing skin. The converse of this is true as well. When you are stressed or depressed, you’ll notice its effects on your skin. And others will too.
Having said that, it should be noted that skin problems can be caused by other leading factors such as unhealthy diet, allergies, side effects of skin care products and cosmetics, and UV radiation. However, if you come across an unexplained skin problem where you cannot trace the root cause, it’s likely that the cause of that problem may be internal.
Here are a few ways how stress can affect your skin.
Inflammation and skin irritation
Inflammation is one of the common ways in which your skin reacts to stress. Itchiness, irritation of the skin, rashes etc. are signs of inflammation. Inflammation can also lead to other problems such as acne and rosacea.
Acne and oily skin
Stress interferes with the hormones in your body, sometimes resulting in excessive oil production leading to extra oily skin. Acne is also a common occurrence when you’ve been having sleepless nights or you’re too stressed.
Extra sensitive skin
When you’re stressed, the level of cortisol – the stress hormone, increases in your body. If its level is abnormally high, it can make your skin thinner and therefore more sensitive to bruising and tearing.
Slow healing of wounds
Stress can weaken your epidermis which again increases the risk for infections and pathogenic attacks. This also diminishes the healing ability of your skin in case of wounds or scars, slowing down the healing process.
You must have noticed dark circles around your eyes when you are sleep deprived. Lack of sleep or insomnia is closely related to stress, and therefore the next time you find yourself twisting sleeplessly in bed, you might want to check if the cause is stress.
Stress hampers our body’s ability to regulate our skin health and weakens the natural skin healing process, causing imbalance. Rejuvenating your skin with appropriate skin care is important, but it’s more important to rejuvenate your mind. Practice regular stress management techniques so that you can remove the root cause before its signs start showing on your skin.