By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
December 14, 2020
Category: Skin Care

Your body may respond to stress, whether or physical or psychological, including depression and anxiety with new skin issues that stress and skindevelop or existing skin issues that flare-up. When you feel stressed, your sympathetic nervous system releases stress hormones like cortisol into your body. Cortisol causes increased oil production in your skin glands, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Chronic stress leads to constant increased levels of these hormones and can have a negative effect on your skin health. Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery offer a wide range of dermatology services including ways to keep your skin healthy. They have two convenient office locations in South Barrington and Willowbrook IL.

In addition, certain psychological conditions may cause increased inflammation. When your body perceives a threat, the immune system sends out a response to handle it – that response is inflammation. Usually, inflammation helps protect and heal our bodies from microbes and wounds, but a body under stress causes the immune system to overreact and send out an inflammatory response.

Stress can also cause inflammation through the gut-skin connection. Stress impacts the balance of bacteria in your gut, which leads to a release of inflammation. Internal inflammation can manifest externally as skin conditions like acne, or eczema and psoriasis flare-ups. People with chronic inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea are more sensitive to flare-ups when they are stressed.

There are many ways stress physically affects your skin:


  • The stress hormone cortisol leads to an overproduction of sebum (oil) in your skin glands, which causes acne breakouts.


  • Stress impacts your immune system, causes your skin to be more reactive and sensitive, and triggers rashes, hives, and redness.


  • Stress exacerbates existing inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea, leading to flare-ups.


  • Stress may cause you to feel nervous or anxious, and pick at scabs or acne, or scratch your skin until it becomes red or breaks.


To find out more about how stress can affect your skin and other anti-aging and skincare services, call Drs. Jeffrey and Toula Berti at Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery. To reach the South Barrington location call (847) 304-0303, and for Willowbrook IL at (630) 321-0303. Call today.