Stress is something that involuntary captures ones mind; no one actually loves being stressed but one way or the other stress hits the mind. Work, family, friends and every other thing that is one way or the other related to you would affect you with some degree of stress. Have you ever thought what can stress do to you? I am sure you haven’t as yet. The stress does not only harm one internally but also externally. You must have seen people suffering from insomnia, loss of appetite and headaches; there is a lot more that stress can do – it badly affects the human skin. If you have been experiencing dullness, dryness, wrinkles and breakouts, you are indeed stressed.
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Stress is not something that has evolved now; in fact, it exists since the day human stated the life on earth. I have seen many cases of high blood pressures, migraines and even nervous breakdown; you would be shocked to know that the root cause of these problems is just stress. Just consider this fact – when stress can hit and disturb the blood and the brain so badly, then why cannot it affect the skin? Human skin has both to do with the brain and the blood.
What causes stress in the body?
Human body releases cortisol, which in simpler words is known as the stress hormone. This hormone forces catastrophe on the body – that is disturbs the entire skin. There are a few strange facts that researches have proven that, this hormone later act as a fat accumulator around the body organs. The effects start from fat accumulation, than cause’s loss of appetite and finally insomnia – that is lack of sleep. Once the minor effects are carried out by the hormone, it starts its fight with the skin.
The excerpt now highlights the effects of stress on the skin;
Wrinkles and breakouts:
Anything in excess affects the human body; when cortisol is released in the body, it surges the sugar level in the blood. You must be thinking increases sugar levels only affect the ones already suffering from diabetes, however, this is not the entire story. Anyone whose sugar level has been escalated would feel the change, as the process known as glycation starts within the body. This glycation is extremely bad for the skin because it destroys the collagen; when the collagen gets disturbed it becomes hard and this leads to the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the skin.
The skin has its own natural moisturizer known as hyaluronic acid. This moisturizer keeps the skin hydrated and fresh, but the glycation process slows down the production of this acid. Now you are intelligent enough to figure out that when the skin would get dehydrated, it would ultimately lose its freshness and charm. Also, the cells which help in repairing the skin would not be able to work well.
Dull and pale complexion:
Stress hormone has another good friend, epinephrine which works excellently when it’s about destroying one’s complexion. With the presence of this hormone the flow of the blood to the skin decreases; due to this entire situation, the flow of the oxygen to the skin gets disturbed. Also, the other natural body nutrients do not get access to the skin. You must be aware of the fact that for a good, glowing and healthy skin, proper blood circulation and oxygen is necessary however, epinephrine acts as a true culprit.
The skin accumulates various toxins when the flow of the blood is improper. Further, these unwanted toxins can create paleness of the skin, leading to a lackluster complexion. According to many dermatologists, the toxins play a vital role in developing cellulite – which leads to dimpled and loose skin.