Does Stress Make You Age Faster?

Anxious,Young,Woman,Look,In,The,Mirror,Worried,About,Wrinkle The process of skin aging involves a gradual change that typically starts in early adulthood, resulting from the buildup of molecular and cellular damage over time. The stress theory of aging, also known as the hormonal theory, suggests that stress or stressful environments can disrupt normal cellular function and cause cellular damage, leading to system dysfunction and aging. As such, chronic stress can cause the skin to age faster. Here’s how it works.

Effects of Stress on the Skin

  • Inflammation of existing skin conditions: Stress triggers the release of cortisol, catecholamines, and neuropeptides in the body, potentially leading to flare-ups or worsening of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, and acne. Stress can also cause dry, flaky patches or redness.
  • Acne: Stress can cause sebaceous glands to produce more oil, which can worsen acne for people who are prone to outbreaks. Furthermore, since stress can slow down wound healing, it makes it more difficult for acne scars to heal on their own.
  • Sensitivity: Stress triggers a chemical reaction in the body, leading to increased skin sensitivity and reactivity. When you’re experiencing stress-related skin symptoms, you might notice that your skin feels more itchy than usual.

How Does Stress Make You Age Faster?

Chronological age is the number of years someone has lived. However, biological age considers not only the time elapsed but also a number of different physiological developmental factors. Simply put, biological age reflects the current condition of the body.

Chronic stress can make you age faster by increasing your biological age, which can lead to health problems on top of cosmetic skin concerns. However, some researchers suggest that biological age can fall once again after a stressor subsides.

Can Reducing Stress Improve Skin?

Stress management is an important part of a healthy lifestyle and glowing skin. Whenever a stress trigger comes up, practice some relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, meditation, or visual imagery. Healthy lifestyle changes such as going to bed earlier and engaging in regular exercise can also help control cortisol levels and provide positive benefits for your skin.

Finally, make sure to take care of your skin. In addition to visiting a dermatologist regularly, keep your skin clean, use sunscreen, and moisturize often. Some ingredients that can help soothe stressed skin include vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide.

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