18 Jul How stress affects your skin
If you’ve always suspected that stress has the power to make your skin act up, prepare to feel at least a little validated. Maybe you’ve realised your eczema flares most when your job responsibilities are spiralling out of control. Perhaps it feels like a new pimple pops up every day when your personal life is in shambles.
It’s not in your head—feeling stressed out really can affect your skin—and vice versa.
So many skin conditions are related to an inappropriate release of inflammatory chemicals. The stress response—whether we’re being chased by a saber-toothed tiger, whether we have a deadline, whether we’re having trouble with family or love—is all the same. Stress triggers your immune system, and thus, inflammation comes to your defence. Because of that inflammation, stress can lead to flare-ups if you already have certain skin conditions, but it can also just make your skin hypersensitive.
OK, so stress is bad and screwing with our skin. So if we just de-stress we’ll have great skin, right? Not exactly. Managing your stress (and any stress-fueled behaviours that can screw with your skin) may be one part of the puzzle that can help your skin mind its manners but we also need to consider your:
🍩 food intake
🍻 alcohol consumption
☀️ vitamin D & other nutrients
🦠 gut bacteria
💊 medication use
💤 sleep quality & quantity
You’re a whole person so we need to support your whole body to manage stress and care of the skin ❤️