Connection Between Skin, Hair, and Stress
Stress can lead to many mal effects on your body. We examine today the affect stress has on your skin and hair health.
By Candice Graham
If you’ve been stressed to the max, one result could be hair loss. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are three specific types of hair loss that can result from stress.
Telogen effluvium, in which stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. This can result in losing affected hairs when combing or washing.
Trichotillomania, which is an irresistible urge to pull hair
from the scalp, eyebrows, or other areas of the body as a way of dealing with feelings of stress, tension, etc.
Alopecia areata, which is caused by a variety of factors, one
of which could be severe stress. With alopecia areata, the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles causing hair loss.
To combat dry skin, drink plenty of water and green tea (for antioxidants) each day. Steer clear of too much soda or coffee, even though you might feel exhausted, as these drinks can contribute to dry skin. Eat water-rich fruits and veggies too!
Dulling of Shine
Stress can lead to sleepless nights, unhealthy food binges, and dehydration. All these things can deter healthy skin and hair, and one way they’ll suffer is by becoming dull and devoid of luster. Plus, potential stress-induced dehydration can result in parched skin. This leads to issues ranging from inflammation and hyperpigmentation to acne.
Other stress-related signs of aging can come in the form of deep wrinkles around the forehead area and lips. If you furrow your brow and purse your lips when you’re stressed or worried, wrinkles could result.
Apart from dull, inflamed skin, the sleepless nights that accompany stress can cause fluid to pool under your eyes. This results in puffy bags which cause you to look anything but well rested.
To avoid premature aging, it’s a good idea to keep your stress levels in check. Chemicals produced during stress raise your pulse rates and constrict blood vessels. This directs blood away from the skin, and toward other organs, resulting in tense muscles that begin to form wrinkles.
If your stress reaches super-high levels, you might get something known as stress hives. The red, raised rash develops due to chronic stress, and can burn, sting, or itch. Once stress levels have reduced, the hives typically go away on their own. However, check with your doctor to get to the root of your chronic stress.
As if damage to your hair and skin wasn’t enough (not to mention the serious psychological and physical harm stress can cause), it can also do damage to your nails. Horizontal grooves and ridges on your nails are called Beau’s lines and can appear when stress compromises your body. Beau’s lines can indicate something more serious and should be checked by a doctor.