How Stress Takes A Toll On Your Skin

Many people take on so much in their lives. Juggling the daily responsibilities plus work or school is not easy. And for some of us (myself included) we get into our twenties and still have acne or other skin related issues. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and as important as your daily commitments are, your self care is just as important! I have tried so many face cleansers and masks to try to fix the issues my skin faces and I’m still trying.

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Here are four effects of Stress:

  1. Dark Under Eye Circles: most people don’t think of dark circles as a problem but in fact they are. Dark circles, and puffy eyes included, are caused by lack of sleep. Not getting your eight hours of sleep and staying awake for long hours instead can cause fluid build up from your tear ducts which is how these dark circles happen. And for stomach sleepers, your dark circles will be worse because of gravity.
  2. Dry Skin: As I’ve said in a previous post, “Dry skin? NO THANK YOU!”Being stressed can cause dry skin because your not drinking enough water. Water is the body’s natural medicine! Keeping yourself hydrated is important and if you are stress, chances are you are substituting water for coffee or soda which is actually dehydrating your body. START DRINKING WATER MORE! When your stressed this task may not be easy to remember but your body will thank you for it later down the line.
  3. Acne: Stress can cause acne or even eczema to happen. When your stressed your body releases more cortisol in the body which can throw off your hormones and cause it to show up more in the form of acne. Stress can also make your body to get confused between what bacteria is good for your body and which isn’t which can also cause acne.
  4. Fine Lines: not everyone needs to worry about this one but if you feel you do than be aware of the facial expressions you use. That sound weird but if you are constantly furrowing your brow in concentration or pursing your lips, over time the lines in those areas will become more prominent.

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There are other reasons stress can affect someone and everyone is different. I know that I sometimes forget that as long as I take care of myself mentally, emotionally, and physically I can try to avoid this. But with our daily lives, it’s sometimes not so easy.

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