Stress can have bad effects on your skin; Know the reason

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Everyone expresses stress from time to time, but it can have significant effects on your health when it becomes chronic.

It’s not possible to hide stress and, it will show on your face. The first tell-tale signs display on your face as pale skin and mild eruptions on the surface.

Stress triggers hormonal imbalance that contributes to acne, rashes, thinning and falling hair, and several other break-outs of the face. Individuals must adopt a good routine of skincare especially when they are indoors.


Staying inside does not necessarily mean that you should forgo skin and hair care or neglect it. These are prone to more damage owing to stress. Even though, you are inside or outside your home try to maintain a strict skincare regimen, which includes cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.

Chronic stress can show on your face in two ways. First, the hormones that your body releases when you feel stress can lead to physiological changes that negatively impact your skin. Second, feeling stressed may also lead to bad habits such as grinding your teeth or biting your lips.

Oily Skin & Acne


Oily skin & acne are the most common side effects of stress in the skin. When our body is stressed it releases cortisol which is our fight or flight hormone. The cortisol (stress hormone) weakens the immune system of the skin, contributing to oxidative stress (free radicals), which manifests as wrinkles, lines, and lackluster skin. It also increases inflammation in the body and conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis can flare-up.

Prevention method

Stress is very noticeable in the skin in different ways, such as skin redness, acne, and so on. It is best to stop exfoliation and stick to washing your face three times a day if there are skin breakouts and eruptions. Similarly, those with darker skin try to wash their face only twice a day with a foaming cleanser.

Washing Face

Use Vitamin C if the skin needs a little more booster. Even if you’re not wearing makeup you have to wash the face, as it can still gather sweat, sebum, and dirt build-up throughout the day.

Vitamin E for skin

Vitamin E is a superfood for your skin. It is available in cream form and as an oil for topical use. It’s added to many cosmetic products, including anti-aging creams, eye serums, sunscreens, and makeup. Vitamin E easily absorbs into skin. Topical use via creams or other products may increase the amount of vitamin E stored within the sebaceous glands.

Vitamin E

Furthermore, you can consume it through vitamin rich foods items such as almonds, corn oil, cod-liver oil, hazelnuts, lobster, peanut butter, safflower oil, salmon steak, and sunflower seeds. But, it is important that to stay away from fried and spicy food. And, the most essential thing to keep in mind is to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water, juices, and liquids to stay healthy.