Stress can aggravate skin conditions Stress can aggravate skin conditions

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there is a direct relationship between stress, anxiety, depression and skin problems. 

Chronic stress can drive the body to release neurotransmitters that accelerate how often the skin renews itself, making it more likely for it to become inflamed.

Acne for example, a skin disease that primarily affects teens, can also occur in adults over age 25; in which case stress is one of the main causes.

Psoriasis is another skin condition that can be affected by the nervous system. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine of psoriasis flare-ups can be more difficult to treat when there is chronic stress. A psoriasis flare-up is characterized by the presence of thick patches of either colored or flaky skin. This condition can also lead to diffuse alopecia: the temporary loss of hair throughout the head.

To prevent skin conditions from getting worse, eliminating stress is key. For these types of conditions, it is therefore important to practice healthy personal and work lifestyles in addition to any pharmaceutical treatments. If necessary, it may be important to get psychological support to help individuals implement techniques for managing stress and anxiety.

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