How Can Stress Affect Your Skin? Know From This Dermatologist

Know about the ways in which stress is related to your recurring skin issues and ways to treat them.

Charu Sharma
Written by: Charu SharmaPublished at: Oct 07, 2021
How Can Stress Affect Your Skin? Know From This Dermatologist

Nourishing, glowing, healthy and spotless skin is what we all desire. In order to achieve this perfect skin free of blemishes and scars most of us have tried almost everything ranging from those promising face washes to those natural DIY face packs but in some cases nothing seems to work. Where people suggest detoxifying your system in such cases, this trick might work for some people and would be a total bummer for others. Where people are so desperate about achieving that perfect looking spotless skin, Dr. Shikha Shah, Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatologist, the relationship between stress and your skin. Sit back, gather some patience and read along to know about the ways in which stress is related to your recurring skin issues and ways to treat them.

Are Stress and Skin issues related?

In today's world when people are finally paying attention to a topic that has been ignored for decades, talking about mental health is really important. Where the definition of fitness includes a healthy mind along with a healthy body, it is high time that we look into the mental health issues along with the ways to resolve them and read about the other problems related to it. Where issues like body focused repetitive behaviour (BFRP) are talked about and the harms it can cause to a person’s physical self along with the mental health, people should also be aware that mental health issues such as stress can also be a reason behind breakouts and other such recurring skin conditions. 

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In her recent instagram post while explaining about the relationship between skin issues and stress Dr. Shikha explains that “The brain and skin can talk to each other and this has been documented since ancient times. Stress triggers the release of hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are capable of triggering or increasing the skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic and alopecia. Not just skin issues but harfall is another concern that can be caused due to a lot of stress. Cortisol hormone released due to stress that can push the growing phase of hair and result in hair fall.”

Let us take a deep dive into this article and learn more about the relation between stress and skin related issues. 

#1. Acne

There are various researches that support the relation between stress and recurrent acne. Where stress is not the only reason that causes acne but there are other contributing factors that cause these zits are bacterias, hormones, and age. 

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Acne can be accelerated due to the stress related hormone known as corticotropin releasing hormone. This hormone can bind the skin’s sebaceous glands and the skin’s receptors which results in increasing the oil production in skin and resulting in acne.hese sebaceous glands can also result in inflammation as they are immune organs. Turning on the immune response can contribute to increasing inflammation and hence gives a rise to acne. 

#2. Eczema

Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is a skin condition that can cause itchy skin, redness, rashes and outbreak in different parts of the skin.  There are several causes that can flare up in these conditions such as changing weather, allergens, chemical based products such as body wash and shampoos along with stress. With stress being our main point of concern it is one of the common root causes of this skin condition that is quite difficult to manage. Managing this condition can be a difficult task as it occurs when people are unaware about the stress that they are dealing with and hence can not do much in order to manage the stress which gives rise to this condition. The stress caused due to daily life activities is the main reason behind the occurrence of this skin condition. 

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Apart from causing eczema, stress also slows down the process of healing and makes it hard for your skin to recover. 

#3. Psoriasis

Before getting into the details of the relationship between the stress and psoriasis skin disease, let us take a moment to understand what this skin condition is and what are the factors that trigger this condition. Psoriasis is basically a skin condition due to which a person might get rashes, inflammation, itching and scaly patches on different parts of the body such as scalp, arms, knees, elbows, etc. These scaly patches and dry skin in this condition is caused due to the build up of skin cells. Psoriasis is an immune system mistake that causes inflammation and leads to other skin related issues.

Also Read: Home Remedies To Control Psoriasis Symptoms In Teenagers

The relation between psoriasis and stress is not hidden from the world as stress causes psoriasis and psoriasis causes stress due to which a person gets stuck into a never ending cycle. Where this condition is capable of causing stress, and this stress is the main trigger for this condition. Not just causing this skin condition but stress also results in delayed healing and slows down the process of rejuvenation of skin in that area. 

Tips to deal with Stress

Where stress can noy just impact a person’s mental health but physical health and appearance as well it is important to know about the things that can help you to deal with it. With stress being one of the main reasons that gives rise to so many skin conditions and also delaying the process of healing. Here are a few tips suggested by Dr. Shikha Shah, that can help you to deal with stress and keep these skin problems at bay.

  • Regular exercise for balancing the hormones
  • Following the box breathing technique
  • Eating healthy food
  • Expressing your feelings in the form of journaling or diary writing. 
  • Seeking for the help of a mental health expert such as a psychiatrist or a therapist

This article is based upon a post shared by Dr. Shikha Shah, Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatologist on her instagram handle.