Stress is damaging to the entire body, but as the largest organ in the human body, your skin may be particularly vulnerable. Plus, the skin problems that come from stress are highly visible, and can themselves become stressful, leading to a feedback loop that is destructive of your health, appearance, and confidence.
Fortunately, there are ways to break the cycle of stress and protect your skin from future damage.
How Stress Impacts Your Skin
In addition to our daily care routine, our skin depends on a highly complex system of functions in the body to stay healthy and avoid the effects of aging. For example, it turns out that your gut microbiome helps regulate many aspects of your skin’s health.
Stress can disrupt the functions that support your skin health, leading to a number of visible problems, including:
- Dry skin
- Trichotillomania and self-mutiliation
Stress triggers a number of responses in the body. One of these is an increase in the production of oils. This can make you break out. Another is the sweat response, which is your body preparing to cool itself after the heat of intense muscle exertion. If you sweat too much, you can experience dehydration, which dries your skin out as well as the rest of your body.
Skin conditions can sometimes be aggravated by stress. In fact, about 90% of rosacea sufferers say that stress impacts their condition. The same is true for eczema and psoriasis. Often, it’s unclear exactly why stress triggers these conditions, but in these cases, experts believe that inflammation is the problem.
Autoimmune conditions can also flare when stress impacts your immune system. Alopecia is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, resulting in small round bald patches. Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the melanocytes, which produce skin pigment. These leads to white spots on the skin.
Some people respond to stress with self-destructive behaviors. This can include pulling their hair out (trichotillomania) and self-mutilation.
Taking steps to control your stress can help you avoid these impacts on your skin.
The Psychological Treatment of Skin Disease
Obviously, psychological stress isn’t the only cause of skin diseases, and there are many other approaches to managing skin problems. However, since psychological stress can trigger such a wide range of skin problems, it’s important to factor it into your strategies for maintaining healthy, attractive skin.
This can help you avoid the short-term effects of stress on your skin as well as provide long-term anti-aging benefits.
NuCalm is a powerful tool for managing stress. It takes just 20-30 minutes a day and can lead to many benefits beyond stress control, including better sleep, improved athletic performance, and increased productivity.