11 Skin problems worsened by Stress
Stress can affect immune cells in the skin that are important in controlling wound healing.
Stress triggers the release of inflammation-causing proteins called cytokines, which can make the skin's nerve fibres more sensitive to pain.
A recent review shows that 44 percent of psoriasis patients experienced a stressful event just before the appearance of the condition, and 88 percent had flare-ups triggered by stress.
4 WEAK SKIN PROTECTION
Stress weakens the protective barrier that keeps out toxins and holds in moisture, making skin more vulnerable to infection and dehydration.
An inflammatory immune response is thought to be important for disease flaring in stressed patients with atopic dermatitis
6 HAIR LOSS
A 2014 study found that 62 percent of patients with alopecia had anxiety, and a 2012 study linked the condition to stressful life events.
High anxiety can increase levels of cortisol making skin more reactive to irritants
Chronic stress can trigger or worsen itching and can cause changes in areas of the brain that involve itch perception!
Acne is associated with stress, but research also suggests that emotional distress also effects the balance of gut bacteria leading to inflammation throughout the body.
Stress is a common trigger for facial flushing in rosacea sufferers.
11 SKIN PICKING, HAIR PULLING & NAIL BITTING
Research shows highly stressed medical students pull-out their own hair, bite their nails, and report troublesome sweating more frequently than less stressed medical students.
Stress also affects sleep, cognition, digestion and metabolism – potentially causing a vicious cycle.
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(Study references can be supplied on request.)