In no way am I an expert when it comes to this type of thing but I wanted to share my experience with stress affecting my skin and some research I’ve done on the topic.
As a soon to be college graduate I’d say I know a thing or two about stress. I mean your tying to balance so many things at one time whether it be academics, working to pay for school, trying to have a personal/dating life, and trying to make time for yourself at the same time can pull your mind in so many directions. I’m aware that there are people that have it much worse than me but we all handle things in different ways and sometimes the slightest bit of stress can show through your skin.
“We’re always under a lot of demands and pressures,” says Dr. Anne Chapas, founder of Union Square Laser Dermatology. “I think that there is psychological stress and there is physical stress, and I see changes in people’s skin as a result of [the two].” Both types cause a release of cortisol, which is our major stress hormone in our body, she explains. “Cortisol works on the testosterone pathway, and one of the more common things we see in direct response to raising cortisol levels is acne,” says Chapas.
In my own experience, when I’m stressed it affects my whole body, for me as far as my skin when I’m a little overwhelmed with everything for a while I’ll usually notice is a little bit of acne start to pop up around my jaw/chin area. Do you know what that does? Drive me even crazier. Sometimes you feel like everything is going and wrong and then when it starts to affect your appearance all you can think about is “what else can go wrong?”
It’s important at times like to think about how minuscule the things you’re stressed about may be and how unimportant they will be in the future. In my opinion happy life = happy skin so maybe it’s time to let go of the things in life that stress you if you can.