How does stress affect your skin?

While everyone has stressful days from time to time, long-term stress can take a toll on your overall health. Your skin is no exception, stress levels and skin are closely linked, so you might notice issues like skin rashes and acne when you’re under pressure. Here are some common skin issues that might pop up when you’re stressed, and tips on how to deal with them. 

How Stress Can Affect Your Skin


Stress weakens the skins barrier, which hinders your skin’s ability to retain moisture. An increase in sweating may also lead to dry/dehydrated skin. Do your best to stay hydrated when you’re under stress (drink more water) to keep your complexion smooth and bright. You should also be extra routine about moisturizer, applying moisturizer twice per day.


Stress als weakens your immune system, which can lead to a dry skin rash or redness. It’s also important to note that stress can cause flare ups of conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Talk to your G.P. about how to best manage these flare ups.


Stress increases your skin’s oil production. This is why you may breakout more during a busy or stressful week.  By sticking to your skin care routine when you’re busy will help keep these breakouts in check. You may also want to consider salon treatments like laser therapy, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion to recover from a particularly severe breakout. 


Long-term stress plays a role in premature aging, reducing elasticity in the skin. This loss in elasticity causes wrinkles. If you’re concerned about stress-related signs of aging, Ensure yu are eating omegas 3 times a week and getting adequate amount of protein and water each day.


Stress can affect your hair in a number of ways. One of the most noticeable is hair loss. Stress in the body can cause hair to fall out or stop growing altogether. This hair loss or thinning can be made worse if you’re not eating a balanced diet while stressed. While addressing the stress at the root may slow or stop this hair loss.


Stress affects the nails similarly to the hair. After a period of stress, you may notice that your nails are thin and brittle. If you’re concerned about the shape, texture, or overall health of your nails, lifestyle changes like eating a balanced diet and lowering stress levels may help improve nail thickness.

Stress can affect the whole body, so prioritizing your overall well-being is a must, activities as simple as a walk in the fresh air, 10mins sitting in a quiet room, a cup of herbal tea can be hugely beneficial.