Ways Stress Can Affect Your Skin
Similarly, stress can trigger a number of problematic skin conditions for women. The following articles discusses how environmental, physical, or psychological stressors will alter your skin's appearance in a negative way.
Stress Creates Under-Eye Bags
Dermatologists report that under-eye bags, wrinkles, and crow's feet are caused by chronic stress. Stress encourages us to subconsciously contort our faces in certain ways that create wrinkles and crow's feet.
Sleep deprivation causes fluid to settle below our eyelids, giving off the appearance that sacs of fluid -- or "bags" -- are underneath the eyes. These under-eye bags make us look older, and give our faces a more worn-down vibe. Naturally, these fluid sacs make our faces look puffier, taking away from our face's natural bone structure.
Doctors suggest that finding ways to decompress from your job during the evening, as well as sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night, is a great way to minimize these unsightly under-eye bags.
Stress Causes Flaky Skin and Dryness
Another skin-related issue that arises because of stress is dry skin. Dieticians suggest that women who are suffering from workplace-related stress have a tendency to drift away from healthy eating choices, opting instead for sugary soft drinks and treats that can be enjoyed on-the-go. These unhealthy foods, combined with the constant stress, can cause your skin to dry out and flake.
The problem with dry, flaky skin is that it can make you more prone to itchiness. For example, stress has been linked to increased outbreaks of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, which can cause itchiness and persistent discomfort on your scalp.
Look Out for Acne Outbreaks When Stressed
Besides skin dryness and dandruff, women who are under consistent stress also tend to suffer from acne breakouts. Women who are already suffering from conditions like psoriasis and eczema will often suffer outbreaks when they are stressed out, too.
This is because stress releases cortisol and other hormones in our bodies, which causes acne and breakouts to occur.
Other skin issues that are caused by stress include:
This is why taking charge of your health and finding ways to reduce your stress levels is so important. The health of your skin depends on it!