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How does stress affect your skin?

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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.

Stress causes your body to make hormones like cortisol, which tells glands in your skin to make more oil. Oily skin is more prone to breakouts, acne and other skin problems.

From: Effects of Stress on Your Skin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Department of Health and Human Services: "Stress and Your Health." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Psychodermatology: The Mind and Skin Connection." American Academy of Dermatology: "What is psoriasis?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "What is rosacea?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "What is eczema?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "Stress and Skin." Acne Resource Center: "Does Stress Cause Acne?"






Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

SOURCES: Department of Health and Human Services: "Stress and Your Health." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Psychodermatology: The Mind and Skin Connection." American Academy of Dermatology: "What is psoriasis?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "What is rosacea?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "What is eczema?"  American Academy of Dermatology: "Stress and Skin." Acne Resource Center: "Does Stress Cause Acne?"






Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 25, 2019

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