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How Chronic Stress Affects Your Skin

Woman with stress looking at skinWe’ve all experienced stress at some point, or, more likely, all the time. But have you ever considered what it might be doing to your skin? Beyond the visible signs of tension and strain, there’s an unseen relationship between stress and skin. In fact, your internal battle with stress can result in a considerable impact on your skin’s health.

The Impact of Chronic Stress on Your Skin

While we often think of stress in terms of its emotional toll, it’s important to recognize the effects it can have on our physical health, including our skin health. Chronic stress can lead to multiple skin issues, from acne breakouts to premature aging.


Chronic stress can trigger the overproduction of hormones like cortisol, leading to increased oil production within the skin. This excess oil can potentially clog pores, resulting in persistent acne breakouts, which can be frustrating and challenging to manage.


Stress can trigger an inflammatory response. Inflammation can be helpful, like when fighting an infection or healing a wound. But too much inflammation, especially when it is a generalized response to stress, is not. Inflammation can aggravate existing conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, making them worse.

Accelerated Aging

One seriously unwanted effect of stress is its contribution to premature aging. Stress can lead to a slowdown in your body’s production of collagen and elastin, two of the proteins that are absolutely essential to skin structure and elasticity. In addition, stress can cause tension in the facial muscles. You know the feeling when you find yourself scrunching your forehead in response to stress. Over time, this leads to lines, wrinkles, and creases in the skin.

Managing Stress for the Sake of Your Skin

Don’t let the impact of stress on your skin stress you out even more! There are several ways you can lessen the impact.

Lifestyle Management

  • Sleep: Quality sleep is essential for just about every aspect of your health, including managing stress levels. You should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night not only to help you better manage daily stress but also to support your body’s (and your skin’s) ability to recover from exposure to stress.
  • Exercise: Exercise improves cardiovascular health and promotes increased blood circulation, promoting healthier skin to counter the effects of stress. It also is a proven stress reliever.
  • Stress Reduction Techniques: Incorporate relaxation practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga on a regular basis to reduce stress levels.
  • Whole-Food Diet: The nutrients in unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins support your skin’s health. Minimize sugary and processed foods since they can exacerbate skin issues.
  • Hydration: Adequate hydration is absolutely foundational to healthy skin. Drinking enough water helps maintain skin’s moisture, elasticity, and glow.
  • Limit Alcohol and Caffeine: Excessive alcohol and caffeine consumption can dehydrate your skin and worsen stress-related effects.

Serious Solutions for Stress-Affected Skin

  • Morpheus8: This innovative radiofrequency microneedling treatment stimulates collagen production and improves skin texture, helping to reduce wrinkles and fine lines caused by stress.
  • VI Chemical Peels: VI Chemical Peels are effective at exfoliating the skin’s top layers, revealing fresher, smoother, and more youthful skin underneath. These peels can address acne scars, pigmentation issues, and skin texture irregularities often associated with chronic stress.
  • Skincare Products: Invest in premium skincare products formulated with potent ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. These products can help repair and protect your skin from the damaging effects of stress.

Don’t Let Stress Affect Your Skin

Chronic stress can take a visible toll on your appearance, but you don’t have to let it dictate your skin destiny. If you’re ready to take control of your skin’s health, consider booking an appointment today.  
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