Here are 8 ways the Doctor says stress can take a toll on your face:
Stress can break the fragile capillaries under your eyes, leaving you with under-eye rings and a tired appearance.
Some believe increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol can cause a dip in estrogen that’s similar to the decrease during menopause. Less estrogen means less collagen production which can leave your skin dull and dry.
Anxiety, crying, feeling down and a lack of sleep can cause deeper lines around the eyes, forehead, eye area and mouth.
Itchiness, Flakiness Or Hives Inflammation prompted by stress can cause rashes, rosacea, eczema and changes in skin moisture.
Worrying can keep you up at night, and this lack of beauty sleep causes fluid to gather in your lower eyelid area. Not only will sleep make you look better, but according to the American Psychological Association, sleeping even an hour more a night will make you feel happier.
Increased Jaw Size Habits like teeth grinding and jaw clenching are common with stress and make muscles work overtime, leaving you with a bigger jawline and damaged teeth.
When anxious, your hair follicles’ growth stage switches from active to resting. Once in the premature resting stage, it stays there for around three months, before resulting in a large amount of hair loss. Good news for women: this change usually isn't permanent.
Adult acne is caused by a variety of factors, including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in women, but stress hormones can be a big reason, explains the doctor. Making it even worse, anxious people typically pick and poke at their pimples as a way to release tension.
However, this doesn't mean you'll experience all of these as stress manifests differently in everyone, “Some people see wrinkles, changes in skin tone and texture, hair loss, acne, or eye twitching.”
Of course, avoiding stress is impossible, but chronically being anxious or worried is what causes these issues. Working out, meditation, deep breathing exercises, taking hot bubble baths or steaming in the shower, receiving massages and Facials regularly are all outlets to relieve tension.
“An hour ritual of stress relief can help tremendously in that it allows time to process what is going on and that is when the mind seeks a solution.”