Besides ruining your sleep, consistent stress can leave a toll on your skin. Your skin starts paying homage to the war that your body is fighting on the inside. This is true in all cases of stress, be it mental, hormonal, or physical stress.
On top of that, the skincare products that you use can also add to the impact of stress. Therefore, be careful. Let’s walk you through the stress signs that your skin shows:
1. Your skin becomes hard
The ballooning levels of the stress hormone can mess with the messages that your nerves decide to send. As a result, your skin may exhibit any signs, ranging from fine lines and an outbreak of hives.
You may increasingly note this association between your skin and stress. The connection dates back to ancient times but the connection has deepened in the last two decades.
2. Can cause inflammation
Eczema, hives, rosacea, dermatitis, and so on are all works of inflammation. Studies also say that when your brain is on an overdrive, it may compromise with your skin’s protective abilities.
Stress makes it challenging for the skin to stay balanced. Plus, the likelihood of a breakout increases when stress tampers with your slumber. What’s more, stress can also encourage an acne breakout.
3. Hair loss, peeling skin, and waxy scalp
When you are stressed, your body jumps into the fight or flight mode. As a consequence, the stress hormone, cortisol, may encourage you to bite your nails or pull your hair. It may also cause hair loss.
However, be sure to check with the dermatologist before you blame the waxy scalp on stress. Often, eczema is responsible for a waxy or scaly skin. Besides, stress, poor nutrition may also culminate in peeling nails and/or hair loss. Therefore, double-check other reasons before you put the blame on stress.
4. Delayed wound healing
Stress can slow natural wound healing. Your epidermis can quickly weaken in the case of severe stress, which spikes the risk of infections and environmental pathogens. This slows your skin’s natural potential to health scars, acne, and wounds.
Consuming food that is enriched with antioxidants can help deal with this concern by strengthening internal healing. Besides, keep your skin internally hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Also, use products based on flaxseed oil and zinc. Both these ingredients are credited for keeping your skin moisturized and improving wound healing.
5. Wrinkles and fine lines
Stress also showcases a poor reputation when it comes to wrinkles and fines as well. It overpowers facial muscles, which shows evidence in the form of fine lines and wrinkles. Stress can also add to your dark circle.
In the activated state of fight or flight, the body runs on a constant cycle of adrenaline. This can keep you up for late at nights, resulting in orbital eyes.
6. Sensitive skin
Abnormally high levels of the stress hormone can make your skin thin as well. This is because cortisol results in the breakdown of thermal proteins that can make your skin appear paper thin. Bruising and tearing also become easy as a result.
Thinning of the skin is also a common symptom of Cushing syndrome, which is also known as hypercortisolism. Other symptoms of this hormonal disease include muscle weakness, glucose intolerance, and a weakened immune system.
7. Increased sun stress
Lastly, stress can also weaken your skin’s defenses against ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which leaves severe negative effects on your skin. More UV rays will be absorbed, which can signal the blood cells to rush to the exposed area in an attempt to repair it. This also manifests into sunburns.
The effects continue on. This means that overexposure to the ultraviolet radiation may culminate in moles, skin cancer, and darkened blemishes.