Is Stress Making You Ugly?

Is Stress Making You Ugly?

We all know that stress can be incredibly damaging to your body, causing heart attacks, depression, ulcers, insomnia, and more.  But can stress actually affect your appearance, as well?  Absolutely.  When you are stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol.  Corisol affects your body in various ways, may of which can alter how you look.  Read more to find out how stress can have a negative effect on your appearance.

If someone is stressed, you can often see it on their face- literally!  People with oily skin will experience an increase in their skin’s production of oil, leading to blemishes and breakouts.  People with dry skin may have a similar experience or they may suffer from red, enflamed, dry, or dull skin.  People with existing skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea may encounter flare-ups, as well.  Not only that, but you’ll lose your “healthy glow” and you may even develop wrinkles!

While your face loses its healthy glow, you hair loses its radiance.  Not only that, but your hair could may also start to fall out or thin.  Stress can lead to a condition called telogen effluvium which makes the body shed its hair at a faster rate than normal.  You don’t have to worry about stress making you go gray, but thinner, lifeless hair is not much of a consolation.

Yes, even your teeth and gums can suffer from a stress overload.  Stress triggers an increase in plaque production, which can cause gum disease if it’s not properly addressed.  You may also develop canker sores or experience the worsening of an existing condition, such as cold sores.  
On top of all these effects, the habits you may develop during periods of stress can do a number on your appearance, too.  Biting nails and grinding teeth are some people’s ways of dealing with stress.  Lack of sleep due to stress can cause dark circles under your eyes.  Too much stress can even cause people to neglect their personal care.

Increase your happiness, health, and appearance, by alleviating as much stress in your life as possible.  Need help?  Click here for 8 easy ways to de-stress.

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