How Stress Affects Your Skin

April 20, 2016

The team at Wasserman Ulitsky Dermatology understands that stress is, unfortunately, often part of our everyday lives. However, stress can wreak havoc on our overall health and, unfortunately, the skin is usually the first to respond. From exacerbating existing problems to interfering with the healing process, the chemical reaction triggered by stress in the body can reveal itself in many unsightly ways. We’ve put together this blog to discuss some of the ways stress affects your skin, as well as a few solutions for how to assuage anxiety and any related skin problems.

Flare Ups With Existing Problems

If it seems like your acne always seems to peak at the same time as your stress levels, you’re not imagining things. Stress releases hormones, like cortisol, which cause the sebaceous glands to produce excessive oil. When you’re skin is oily, it can exacerbate different skin problems including:

  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Rashes
  • Rosacea

Skin problems can also be a tremendous source of social anxiety, which only compounds physical and emotional symptoms.

Delays in Healing

Beyond worsening existing skin problems, stress can also lengthen the healing process. The hormone cortisol produces the fight-or-flight response, which suppresses parts of the immune system in favor of elevating heart rate and blood flow. When stress is chronic, your immune system can eventually become tolerant to cortisol and result increased inflammation and delays in healing. Although your body wants and still has the ability to heal, the hormones released during stress make it difficult to do the job efficiently.

Solutions for Dealing With Stress

There are many easy things you can do to help you and your skin relax. Some of the best ways to reduce stress are:

  • Exercising daily
  • Getting sufficient sleep
  • Meditating
  • Unwinding at the beach

Don’t forget to drink at least eight glasses of water every day to give your body and skin the hydration they need for optimal health.

Contact Your Local Venice, FL Dermatology Clinic

If you notice the signs of stress on your skin, you can always consult your trusted Venice, FL, dermatologist for help. We encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have about how stress is affecting your skin, or any other skin related issues. Our team is committed to providing patients with the best skin care treatments possible so call us today!

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