Stress is injurious for your entire body, which means that it can wreck havoc on your skin too. Not known to many, stress can be one of the major causes of skin dryness, rashes and acne.
Here are a few symptoms that your skin develops to tell you that you are highly stressed out and it is high time you start working to cure the condition.
Stress causes the blood to flow fast, causing the capillaries to expand. Besides, there can also be flushing of the skin which is known as rosacea. Stress can also lead to weakening of the immune system, causing flare-ups to stay for a longer time.
Rashes and Itchy Skin
Skin conditions like eczema can worsen when you are under stress. Also, some people tend to itch and scratch for no reason when they are under stress. This can cause eczema like rashes when overdone. This happens because when you experience stress, the blood flow is diverted from the skin and towards vital organs. When this happens, existing allergies get worse.
Stress increases inflammation which can lead to breakouts. To fight acne, you can use a lotion which contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and a noncomedogenic moisturizer which will prevent the dryness.
Stress can increase the release of cortisol hormone in the body, which damages your skin’s ability to hold on to water. Losing out on the moisture can also cause the skin to lose its luminosity.
A process called glycation causes cortisol to trigger an elevation in blood sugar. This damages elstin and collagen, which are some protein fibers that give your skin its plump and smoothness. Also, when there is constant muscle tension, it causes permanent wrinkling.
Being too anxious and stressed out can give you sleepless nights, causing puffiness around the eyes.
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