How Stress Affects Skin?

Our daily lives rely on myriad of activities. Most of them involve going to work, running chores, taking care of routine activities and managing social relationships. It takes a lot of juggling to be able to execute all of these successfully. Humans have a natural tendency to worry and stress about things that they are about to do or the things they have failed to do successfully. Irrespective of your work, your stress is what wears you and your skin out!

There are certain alarming signs that your skin starts to project when you go through excess stress. These signs help you take early measures for your skin health. Let’s take a look at some of them down below -


Our body has a tendency to produce cortisol. Cortisol is a stress related hormone which leads to production of excess oil and sebum. This hyper production of oil in our skin glands clogs pores with oil, dirt and bacteria which aggravates acne breakouts and inflammation.


Inflammation occurs when body’s immune system reacts to threat. This protects our bodies from wounds and other external factors. If your body is under immense stress, the immune system overreacts causing hyper-inflammation. This gives rise to various skin issues like rosacea, eczema, acne.

Dark circles-

While under stress, you might tend to rob your body the amount of sleep it needs to repair and nourish itself. Sleep deprivation results in sagging of the skin due to loss of elasticity. The weak skin under your eyes can lead to wrinkles, dark circles and premature aging. This is one of the most obvious signs given to you by your body about your increasing stress levels.

Dry skin-

Stratum corneum is the outer layer of your skin that acts as a barrier to protect and keep your skin hydrated. Stress leads to depletion in the ability of your stratum corneum to retain water which in turn causes the skin to become dry and itchy. Dry skin is easily susceptible to rashes, wrinkles and ageing.

Sore Lips-

Habit of biting or chewing the lips when stressed causes the lips to become sore and dry. It might also lead to blood spouts which is very harmful to your lips and the surrounding skin.

Here are some easy skin tips to include in your daily routine to ensure that stress won’t be ruining your skin health-

  • Maintain a consistent skincare routine irrespective of your day’s activities. This will enable your skin get rejuvenated and adapt better to your crazy busy routines.
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet and avoid smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
  • Get good sleep and exercise regularly. You can go for casual walks in the morning or practice yoga.
  • Practice your hobbies and talk to your friends to feel good and happy.

Follow these tips and try keeping your stress at bay as much as possible. Maintain a balance in your routine and don’t forget to do right by your skin!

Visit Beaumarkbeauty’s Skin Insider for more such tips for healthy skin.

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