Stress: How Does It Affect Hair, Skin And Nails?

stress1We all know that stress can negatively impact our health, causing or exacerbating a range of health problems from ulcers, to heart disease and hypertension.

What we are rather less aware of is that stress can also negatively impact our hair, skin and nails.

How Stress can affect Skin?

Stress can tell on your skin in a variety of ways and can cause flare ups of skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, acne and psoriasis.

Allergic conditions such as hives can also worsen due to stress and acne lesions can become more persistent and inflamed.

In fact it is often noticed that when an individual is under considerable amount of stress, he or she may suffer from an acne break out; even among those people who are not normally prone to acne and pimples.

This happens because stress increases the levels of the hormone cortisol in the body which in turn increases oil production and which can lead to oily skin, blocked pores and consequently acne.

Research has even shown that healing of skin is slowed down by stress, and it has been found that stress has a negative effect on the barrier function of the skin, resulting in water loss that inhibits the skin’s ability to repair itself after an injury.

How stress affects the hair?

Ever heard of the old adage, ‘Stressed today, bald tomorrow’? Well it may be truer than you think. When under stress, the hair can undergo the telogen or fall out phase and this is well documented that stress or a stressful event can trigger hair loss.

Life altering events such as a major upheaval, or a new job or relocation or even landmark events such as pregnancy or a major surgery can trigger hair loss.

It has been observed, that at times like these, the body seems to concentrate its energies on recovery or healing and hair growth seems rather less of a priority.

How Stress can affect nails?

Many people seem to rediscover a long forgotten childhood habit of biting their nails when under pressure. This is not the only way that stress can negatively impact nails.

Sometimes stress can cause ridges to be formed on the nails and sometimes white horizontal lines can also appear on the nails. In addition, brittle nails and peeling nails also could be a sign of being under stress.

So that would be three more reasons to keep stress under control: your skin, your hair and your nails!


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