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11 skin problems worsened by stress

March 13, 2019

 

 

1 WOUNDS

Stress can affect immune cells in the skin that are important in controlling wound healing.

 

2 PAIN

Stress triggers the release of inflammation-causing proteins called cytokines, which can make the skin's nerve fibres more sensitive to pain.

 

3 PSORIASIS

A recent review shows that 44 percent of psoriasis patients experienced a stressful event just before the appearance of the condition, and 88 percent had flare-ups triggered by stress.

 

4 WEAK SKIN PROTECTION

Stress weakens the protective barrier that keeps out toxins and holds in moisture, making skin more vulnerable to infection and dehydration.

 

5 ECZEMA

An inflammatory immune response is thought to be important for disease flaring in stressed patients with atopic dermatitis

 

6 HAIR LOSS

A 2014 study found that 62 percent of patients with alopecia had anxiety, and a 2012 study linked the condition to stressful life events.

 

7 RASH

High anxiety can increase levels of cortisol making skin more reactive to irritants

 

8 ITCHING

Chronic stress can trigger or worsen itching and can cause changes in areas of the brain that involve itch perception!

 

9 ACNE

Acne is associated with stress, but research also suggests that emotional distress also effects the balance of gut bacteria leading to inflammation throughout the body.

 

10 ROSACEA

Stress is a common trigger for facial flushing in rosacea sufferers.

 

11 SKIN PICKING, HAIR PULLING & NAIL BITTING

Research shows highly stressed medical students pull-out their own hair, bite their nails, and report troublesome sweating more frequently than less stressed medical students.

 

Stress also affects sleep, cognition, digestion and metabolism – potentially causing a vicious cycle.

 

For help to overcome Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks please contact me.

Sherree Russell

BSc(hons) Clinical Hypnosis

 

Research references to the above studies can be supplied if requested.

 

 

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