Yikes, This Is What Stress Does To Your Skin!

I once worked for a company that was cutting back considerably. The workload was extremely high!

Every month someone was fired because there was no money left in the company. Because of this we did the work with less and less men. Nobody was very motivated by this, because the work piled up and you could be next to be fired.

My manager decided to micro-manage us. And so less and less work was done and tensions rose among themselves. At one point we could only yell at each other.

Recently I saw some selfies of myself from this period and I looked so bad… Besides the bags under my eyes, my skin was very dull and I had a lot of pimples on my forehead.

Now I know that stress isn’t good for you anyway, but that it’s also visible in your skin was something I didn’t know. This is what stress does to your skin:

1. It makes your skin dry and dull

If you experience stress for a long time, the natural process of cell renewal decreases. The production of substances that keep your skin oily and hydrated also decreases.

This causes your skin barrier to be disrupted. More moisture will then evaporate from your skin. The result? A dry and dull skin.

2. It can cause eczema and psoriasis

In many cases stress is the cause of the skin diseases eczema and psoriasis. So if you are sensitive to these skin diseases, then stress isn’t doing your skin any good.

3. It makes your skin older

In the short term, stress causes a tired and gray appearance. But do you have chronic stress? Then stress accelerates the aging process.

Stress reduces the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. These are substances that keep your skin firm and supple.

Chronic stress also creates more free radicals and accelerates the breakdown of genetic material. As a result, cells stop dividing earlier and so you age faster.

Extreme stress…

Can disrupt the hormone balance causing you to get down hairs on your face.

It’s therefore important to take good care of yourself when you’re experience stress. In my case my resignation was necessary. When the company also put me aside, my mood, health and skin improved significantly!

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