The Signs of Stress on your Skin

 The Signs of Stress on your Skin
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You’re constantly on the go. With every minute counting, your need to complete everything in the given hour makes the stress levels in your body to shoot up. Little do you realize that stress not only leads to high blood pressure, but it can also lead to certain kind of skin disorders as well.

The skin is one of the most delicate organs of the body. It reacts immediately to change of temperature as well as to an experiment of a new beauty product. So imagine what high levels of stress can do to your skin.

What causes stress related skin disorders?

“Factors such as mental tension, emotional stress, over exposure to sunlight and consumption of alcohol and cigarette can aggravate stress related skin disorders,” says Dr. Sailesh B Mehta, a Mumbai based general physician. Other factors that lead to skin rashes are poor ventilation and inadequate drying up of sweat that can eventually lead to skin infections.

Photo courtesy -  by Stuart Miles
Photo courtesy – by Stuart Miles

Psoriasis and Eczema

The skin disorder sets in when the epithelial cells of the tissues start multiplying rapidly, as a result the blood circulation does not reach the new cells and the same cells start dying out and start forming a top scaly layer – like white scales. At times, your skin surface may tend to be itchy and if you scratch, it leaves white marks on the area.

One of the main results of stress related skin disorders are psoriasis and eczema. When there is an increase in stress levels in the human body, especially mental stress levels, it can aggravate psoriasis and eczema.


  • Consult your family doctor and/ skin specialist
  • Consult your doctor for vitamin supplements
  • Include seasonal fruits in your diet
  • Exercise regularly, sweating during exercise can help in clearing out the body pores allowing your skin to breathe
  • Adopt a positive attitude towards life
  • Plan your day accordingly in order to reduce stress

It is a myth that air conditioning promotes skin disorders. Nonetheless, you must always ensure that no matter how long you spend in office, you must give your skin the chance to breathe fresh air by taking a walk after during the break or going for morning or evening walks. The good news is, both psoriasis and eczema are not contagious, and can be controlled if you keep those stress levels in check!

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