How Stress Affects Your Skin
It's common knowledge that stress is bad for your mental health, but it's understated how much it can affect your physical health. Here, we will explain the negative side effects of stress on skin and give you tips on how to counteract it.
Stress Related Acne
Too much stress throws your hormones off balance. This opens the door for breakouts, both on your body and on your face. A string of breakouts can create additional stress for acne prone people who may have previously had their skin issues under control.
On the other hand, people who don't have acne breakouts are often unprepared for pimples and might have a hard time feeling confident or even concealing the blemishes. Unfortunately, make-up can make your acne worse, especially if your skin isn't used to concealer.
Something else that's sure to trigger stress related acne is your diet. When people are stressed, they often start sacrificing healthier choices for easier, more convenient comfort foods. Drastic and unhealthy changes to your diet will continue to affect your body's hormonal balance.
Similarly, make sure you're drinking enough water. It's tempting to increase your coffee and alcohol intake when going through a stressful period. Those things are fine as long as you supplement them with plenty of water. Water helps flush out your system and makes your skin look clearer and fresher. Water is especially vital after a breakout to help your skin heal more quickly.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Some common physical manifestations of stress are fine lines and wrinkles. Whether you're unconsciously frowning, squinting, or furrowing your brow, these side effects of stress on skin can exacerbate your natural fine lines.
Take a moment from time to time and assess where you hold stress in your face. Do your lips or forehead feel tense? Do you feel a pull downwards on your frown line? Wherever it is, pause to breathe and release stress from that part of your face. This can help to stretch that area by constricting and releasing those muscles. Massaging stress points will also help release tension and reduce fine lines.
Dry Skin and Flaky Patches
Not having enough water doesn't just affect stress related acne—it also makes your skin appear less healthy. Dry skin can look bad and feel even worse. Plus, dryness has a negative effect on your skin's rejuvenation cycle. Lotions and serums will help temporarily, but staying properly hydrated will help you achieve a nice, healthy glow.
Unique Skin Conditions
Acne and wrinkles may be two of the most common side effects of stress on skin, but they're far from the only ones. A few of the lesser known skin conditions related to stress include:
- Psoriasis or eczema. These extreme dry and red patches are commonly triggered by stress. Like most skin conditions, picking and touching these areas are likely to slow down the healing process.
- Cold sores. When you're stressed, your immune system weakens. This allows the latent virus to allow one or more painful cold sores to develop. Some people will also have an acne breakout as a result of the cold sore breakout.
- Under-eye bags. Stress has two effects that promote under-eye bags develop. For one, we sleep much worse when we're stressed. Whether this manifests itself as puffiness or sunken, dark circles, it can make you look tired. If your skin is also dry, it can bring even more attention to your under-eye bags, so it is essential to stay hydrated.
- Rashes and hives. When you're stressed, your body has a much stronger reaction to environmental triggers. Anxiety is one of the major culprits behind those red rashes and itchy hives.
The worst part about these conditions is that we will often associate them with negative emotions. Instead of letting these conditions contribute to your stress, remember that with a few simple steps, their severity can be dramatically reduced.
Control Your Skin
At NeedCrystals, we provide top-of-the-line microdermabrasion crystals that can easily help you conquer some of the most common stress related acne and skin issues. This can empower you to take control over the stress-caused conditions and feel better about your appearance.
Our line of microdermabrasion crystals buff the outer layer of skin, smoothing out dry patches and damaged tissue to minimize the appearance of worry lines and wrinkles. It also stimulates the growth of new cells and collagen so that your skin looks and feels healthy. Microdermabrasion can significantly reduce the appearance of current scars and prevent the development of new ones.
NeedCrystals' microdermabrasion products provide a fast, non-invasive way to stifle the negative side effects of stress on your skin in your own home and allows you to maintain these results with long-term use. Our microdermabrasion crystals are available in different grit sizes to accommodate your skin type and can be added to your current face washes and creams.
To learn more about how NeedCrystals can help you win the battle against stress-related skin conditions, shop our products today!