Signs of stress come in many different ways. You go to work and the first thing you encounter is your boss shouting instructions to you on what you should do the whole day. That was after you endured the heavy grid lock because of rush hour. Your heart rate increases, your breathing becomes heavier and sweat profusely comes out of your forehead. And as your day ends, you feel so burned out that you can’t even sleep peacefully.
Stress can also cause changes to the way your skin appears. This means that the stress that is wearing you down on the inside is also affecting your outward appearance.
Signs of Stress
Acne outbreaks are a common effect of stress on the facial skin. Breakouts can be caused by mental or physical stress. There is no wonder why some people experience bad acne knowing that they are going to have a huge product presentation the following morning or that they need to pass their finals exam just to make it through the semester.
Studies have shown the relation between acne caused by stress and hormones. Stress forces the body to produce more hormones. One of these hormones is called cortisol. Here is where it gets bad. The more hormones are produced, the more oil is produced right under the skin. This results into excessive amounts of oil that gets stuck within the follicles of hair. The excess oil combines with skin shedding and dirt which then results into acne pimples.
By far one of the most common manifestations of stress on the skin is through rash or hives. These appear as swollen red bumps that are very itchy. The worst types of hives are the chronic ones which may seem to be immune to medication. Another way that stress affects your skin is through common skin conditions like psoriasis.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is defined by a pile-up of a lot of skin cells which manifest in scaly spots of silvery skin. Inflammation is the main culprit for this condition which can be triggered by stress. This condition becomes magnified when the person is undergoing extreme stress. Another skin disease that can be triggered by stress to worse levels is rosacea. These appear as red spots around the face. People who are experiencing stress can inadvertently cause direct negative effects on their skin. They do this by neglecting to perform their nightly skin care routine since the stress they are experiencing has left them with almost no energy to do so.
Unfortunately, people are not immune to stress. In the modern hustle and bustle of life it seems that stress only gets worse. You can never say goodbye to it. This only leaves you with one thing to do – manage your stress in the right way. Start by identifying your causes of stress and adjust your life accordingly to minimize those sources of stress.