7 Ways Stress Affects Your Skin

Learn what to do when stress wreaks havoc on your skin.

7 Ways Stress Affects Your Skin

Stress, in its many forms – whether environmental, psychological, or physical – is one of the most common triggers for skin issues. When you’re stressed, you may notice changes on your face or on your body that signal a reaction or inflammation. Find out what stress can cause and how to treat and relieve each condition.

Acne

During times of stress, the body will produce more of the hormone cortisol, which can stimulate the sebaceous glands in your skin to produce more sebum, or oil. Oil production is a natural process that keeps skin from drying out, but when there is excessive oil, dead skin cells can become trapped along with bacteria and dirt, causing clogged pores and acne breakouts.

To treat acne, try applying a topical treatment or a paste made of baking soda and honey.

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