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Cool, Calm, Collected: Your Skin Under Stress

Stress can have a serious impact on the appearance and health of your skin. Read on to learn how to lessen the effects stress has on your skin.

What Happens to Skin Under Stress?

Stress primarily causes the skin to become more sensitive and more reactive which can lead to a variety of skin issues.

When you are under high levels of stress, your body produces more cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that increases skin’s oil production. More oil on your skin can create a breeding ground for bacteria which can lead to stress-related breakouts.

Cortisol also:

  • Lowers immune function
  • Increases weight gain
  • Increases blood pressure

Skin Solutions for the Stressed

There are a number of ways in which you can reduce the effect of stress on your skin:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Get a good night’s sleep—7-8 hours a night
  • Relax and take time for personal hobbies