Stress is a common human condition and everyone experiences it at some point in their life. It can have adverse effects on your health in many ways. Physiological changes can cause high blood pressure, headache, and fatigue. But stress can also affect the appearance of your nails, hair, and skin.
Yes, you heard right! Stress can cause severe skin problems like acne, eczema, urticaria, psoriasis, rosacea, hives, and red skin. When you feel stressed, your sympathetic nervous system releases stress hormones into your body. Cortisol can lead to clogged pores and acne as a cause of increased oil production in your skin glands. Chronic stress causes a permanent increase in the levels of this hormone and can have a negative impact on your skin health.
Stress can also cause inflammation in the gut and skin. It affects the balance of bacteria in the gut, leading to the release of inflammation. Internal inflammation can manifest itself externally as skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. People with chronic inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea are more prone to inflammation when they are under stress.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of stress-related skin conditions include-
- Acne and rash.
- Burning or itching of the skin.
- Eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea attacks.
- Hair loss or oily hair.
- Itching and red bumps.
- Dandruff, redness, and flaking of the scalp.
- Delayed wound healing.
- Skin infection.
- Dry skin.
- Blisters and wounds.
- Fine lines and wrinkles.
- Dark circles.
How Stress Affects Your Skin
There are many ways that stress can physically affect your skin-
- The stress hormone, cortisol causes the skin glands to produce excess sebum (oil), which causes acne.
- Stress affects your immune system, makes your skin more reactive and sensitive, and causes rashes, itching, and redness.
- Stress worsens existing inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea and causes flare-ups.
- Stress can make you restless or anxious and can scratch a scab or pimple, or erode your skin red or cracked.
Follow these self-care tips to treat stress-related skin conditions-
- Maintain a good skincare routine every day, even on days when you feel very tired or anxious. If stress makes you feel tired, don't take off your makeup and wash your face before bed. However, try to stick to your routine as ignoring it can worsen your skin problems.
- Do exercise regularly. Exercise releases good hormones that boost your energy, mood, and attitude.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet with whole foods and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Processed and high-sugar foods cause more inflammation in your body.
- Sleep gives your body the time it needs to rest and heal, and good sleep improves mood, energy levels, and cognition.
- Make time for relaxing and stimulating activities that make you happy — reading a book, taking a warm bath, massage, listening to music, meditating, or doing yoga and deep breathing exercises.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Stress-Related Skin Diseases
Stress can be a challenge to deal with and overcome. The aim of Ayurvedic treatment for skin diseases is to correct the imbalance of doshas in the body and this can be achieved by traditional therapies mentioned in classical Ayurvedic texts along with a balanced diet, meditation, herbs, and daily routine.
Ayukarma offers a wide variety of practices and appropriate ayurvedic medicines for stress that can help reduce stress and calm the mind in the long run. You can try our stress-lowering medicines that help manage stress i.e. Ayukarma Ashwagandha Capsules and Ayukarma Giloy Capsules.
Since these Ayurvedic medicines online contain only natural ingredients with proven effectiveness, they are considered to have no side effects and can be used over a long period of time to treat a range of mild symptoms.