Continues Stress Can Damage Your Skin; Research Says

Continues Stress Can Damage Your Skin; Research Says

Continues Stress Can Damage Your Skin; Research Says

Do you know? Your skin can show if you are under stress. Research studies show that acute and chronic stress can affect your skin wellness badly and can exert a number of skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne, and hair loss.


It is normal to have Goosebumps, sweating, or flushing while we are in a nervous situation. This happens because of the connection between stress and skin. But it is not a one-way street. Because, when skin feels any type of stress, it can also pass through the nervous system. Hence the brain skin axis is called a bidirectional pathway. During a stressful situation, the axis of hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (a trio of glands) has been stimulated which results in sweating or Goose fleshing. When the body feels continuous stress it will affect the healthy skin in a negative manner.

Prolonged or chronic stress can also affect the outer epidermal layer – which locks microbes and moisture from the environment and protect us from harmful factors. The intact epidermal layer is vital for healthy skin. When it is disrupted, it leads to chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or skin irritation.  A study in mice has demonstrated that hair fall and grey hair have been associated with chronic stress. Acnes are also produced during a stressful situation.

Experts have mentioned 5 connections between stress and skin. They are as follows.

  • Establishing or adopting a healthy lifestyle to remedy your skin issues is challenging when you're psychologically worried. Your skin will obviously suffer if you lack sufficient sleep or a better diet.

  • Since you spend most of your time overthinking, it becomes challenging to keep up your routine.

  • When you are psychologically worried, you practice harmful habits that can harm your physical health.

  • Your capacity to manage your time and environment is impacted by stress and worry, which can lead to stress eating which is detrimental to the health of your skin.

  • Studies show that psychological issues such as stress, despair, and others can worsen your skin problems.

Some effects of stress on skin

As a result of stress, people may face skin problems They are as follows

  • Bags under the eyes
  • Rashes
  • Dry skin

  • Wrinkles

  • Greying hair or hair loss

  • Delayed wound healing

  • skin aging

How Its impact on the face


During a stressful situation, the cortisol level is increased. Released cortisol then transformed into a corticotrophin-releasing hormone which is considered to be the stimulator of the sebaceous gland (an oil-producing gland) around hair follicles. This excessive oil production can block pours in the skin which results in acne.

The impact of stress on homeostasis and wound healing

A protein called stratum corneum plays a major role as a skin barrier by regulating permeability and homeostasis. This protein produces a skin surface which essential for hydration and for protection against the microbial activity. The hormones secreted during stress can deteriorate this protein layer which can result in low water retention and damage the barrier system which ends in infection. 

Research studies have revealed that chronic systematic cortisol can provide a negative impact on wound healing which results in delayed wound healing. Hence stress is associated with impaired wound healing. It is also proven that depression and anxiety can also lead to delayed wound healing.

It is evident; that cortisol, a stress hormone can also damage immune cells which results in low immunity.


Long-term, chronic stress can lead to skin aging. Skin aging is characterized by developing wrinkles, skin lines, lack of elasticity and stiffness, and dull skin. This happens because of the prolonged presence of cortisol in the body which can damage or deteriorate skin cells and skin layer.


When people reduce their stress level, it theoretically alleviates the impacts on the skin and reduces skin problems. But only limited data is available regarding stress skin interventions.

Some tips are,

  • Some evidence clearly tells that meditation can help in an overall reduction of stress hormones.

  • Get 8 hours of sleep.

  • Practice stress management techniques

  • Going to counseling can be helpful

  • Likewise, meditation and relaxation techniques as together help in reducing psoriasis.

  • Healthy practices like a well-balanced diet and regular exercise can regulate stress hormones.

  • Medications can also help in decreasing stress levels and skin conditions.

  • Professional help is a must if the condition is worse.

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