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Skin symptoms that indicate that you are stressed

Skin symptoms that indicate that you are stressed

Your boss is unhappy with your performance. Your car needs repairs and the bills are starting to add up. Your latest client is driving you nuts with their demands. You’re feeling increasingly stressed out and it’s starting to show on your skin. Stress is toxic in your body, and here are a few symptoms you can see on your skin when you’re feeling stressed out.

  1. Acne flare ups

If you break out before a big test or presentation at work, there is a good explanation why. There is a link between stress and acne, and it has to do with hormones. When you’re stressed, your body produces more hormones, including cortisol. These hormones cause glands under your skin to produce more oil. The excess oil gets trapped inside hair follicles, alongside dirt and dead skin to produce pimples. Make sure to cleans your skin before bed to lessen the affects of these breakouts.

  1. Inflamed psoriasis and rosacea

If you already have skin conditions like psoriasis or rosacea, increased stressed levels can make it worse. Psoriasis is a build up of too many skin cells that form a silvery, scaly patch on your skin. It can be caused by inflammation, which is powered by stress. When stress levels rice, psoriasis can flare up too. Rosacea flare ups are common when stress levels rise as well. Rosacea appears as a red flush that spreads across the nose, cheeks and chin.

  1. Stressed out people are not kind to their skin

Often when you are stressed, you may not be following the regiments that you normally do in order to keep your skin healthy. Eating unhealthily, skipping out on the proper amount of sleep and forgetting to cleanse and moisturize all contribute to stressed out skin. Further, stress contribute to bad habits, including popping pimples and scratching your skin, which can lead to scaring and permanent damage.

  1. Hives or rashes

Hives are red, swollen, itchy bumps that sit on the surface of your skin. They can come on as part of an allergic reaction or a food intolerance; however, some people notice them popping up on a regular basis. Chronic hives may be caused by an immune response; however, stress can also lead to rashes and hives. Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash down the left or right side of the torso, and while it is more common in the elderly, it can show up at any time on a stressed-out youth.

  1. Sweaty situations

Sweat is commonly associated with a good workout or a stressful situation, such as a job interview or a difficult test. This is your skin’s natural response to the stress hormones flowing through your body. Sweat comes from the apocrine glands under your armpits and groin. The fluid comes from bacteria living on your skin and causes an unpleasant smell.


Working on keeping your cool, through yoga, massage, meditation and deep breathing can help you manage your stress levels and can keep your skin clear and calm. Always get enough sleep and drink plenty of water during stressful times in your life.

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