Does stress affect the skin? Yes! it most definitely does. Rashes, breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles are all related to stress. Let me explain...
1. Stress causes an increase in the hormone known as cortisol, which then increases sebum production from your sebaceous glands. Excess sebum production can clog your pores and lead to acne.
2. Stress can interfere with your sleep cycle. Your skin repairs itself while you are sleeping. Blood flow and collagen production increase at night, which help improve skin tone and texture. So, the less sleep you get, the less your skin has a chance to repair itself.
3. Stress worsens inflammation in the body. Inflammation can then trigger such skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis. Stress also weakens your immune system, which can cause an imbalance of bacteria in your body and skin, leading to redness and rashes.
4. Stress impairs the function of the outer layer of your skin called the stratum corneum. This layer contributes to retaining water and keeping your cells hydrated. When this layer is compromised, it could lead to dry, itchy skin.
Bottom line, try to take it easy. When feeling stressed, try to take a moment to ground yourself and take a deep breath. Your skin will thank you for it in the long run.