2. Surprise! A Zit!
You could rightfully blame the greasy hamburger and fries you scarfed down at lunch. However, we all know that stress can cause us to breakout, and breakout bad. Dermatologists at Wake Forest University, in in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, link chronic bouts of stress to embarrassing adult acne. Women’s Health explains that stress and anxiety cause our levels of “sex hormones called androgens in your body [to] spike, causing acne to flare up.”
If you’re feeling stressed out and prone to breakouts, you can employ a face wash that contains bacteria-eradicating benzoyl peroxide. Just be sure to use a light moisturizer (one that doesn’t block pores) to keep skin hydrated and avoid further zits.
3. Skin Irritation
Research notes that stress can also result in skin conditions—from dry patches to more serious pruritus, or chronic itchy skin. In fact, Dr. Gil Yosipovitch, Chair of Dermatology at Temple University Medical School, says that stress can double the chances of skin irritations.
According to Dr. Yosipovitch, ongoing stress can trigger and irritate nerve fibers, resulting in all sorts of underlying skin conditions—such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and even eczema.
4. Painful PMS Symptoms
Listen up ladies, a change in the symptoms leading up to your monthly period can be a sure sign that you’re too stressed out. For instance, Harvard researchers claim that the sudden emergence of painful menstrual cramps can result from a surge of stress hormones.
Harvard research explains that an increase in stress hormones (i.e., cortisol) often explains an increase in sympathetic nervous system response, and agonizing cramps before and during “that time of the month.”