How does stress affect your skin?


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how does stress affect your skin?


We all remember getting that zit the size of Mt. Everest the day of your first date with The One. Coincidence? Probably not. Although correlation is not causation, in this case it may be true, as stress can exacerbate skin problems.

According to Dr. Debra Jailman (2015) “Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive. It can also make it harder for skin problems to heal.” So what to do? Try these tips from Dr. Jailman:

1. Don’t neglect your skin. Take care of your skin, even if you’re tired or stressed.
2. Get regular exercise. It’s good for your skin and the rest of your body.
3. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, even if you only have ten minutes. Take a bath or read an article.
4. Take a walk around the block.
5. Practice stress management techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or visual imagery.
6. Get enough sleep. Seven to eight hours each night is ideal.
7. Say no. It’s OK to set limits and boundaries to lower your stress.
8. Talk to someone. Seek support from a friend or a professional therapist.

Now relax!


Jailman, M.D., Debra. (June 11, 2015). Effects of Stress on Your Skin. WebMD. Retrieved from




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