Guest Post: 7 Reasons Stress Affects How You Look

Some people believe that stress is positive. Sometimes, stress that can’t be applied towards positive change becomes a force to be reckoned with. It not only affects how you feel, it affects how you look. If you’re noticing some changes in your appearance, it could correlate with the amount of unresolved stress you’ve been facing over the past few years.

1. Stress Causes Acne

Stress can cause hormonal changes in people, which is one of the biggest contributors of acne. Even in adults. Outside of learning to manage your stress levels, you may need to see a dermatologist. Some women with hormonal acne find that birth control helps reduce the frequency and severity of their breakouts.

2. Stress Can Lead to Dry Skin

People who are stressed out often have a tendency to rely on caffeine to get through the day. While caffeine in moderation is absolutely fine, it can also dehydrate you. Combine the dehydrating effects of coffee, energy drinks, or soda with the fact that these beverages are replacing water, and you could find yourself with dry, flaky, dull skin. Make sure you’re balancing out your caffeine intake with your water intake.

3. Stress Can Cause Teeth Grindin

Teeth grinding, much like nail biting, is a fairly common habit of anxious or stressed out people. It’s a response to an overwhelmed feeling. Some people who grind their teeth might even do it in their sleep, making the habit a lot harder to break because they’re unaware that they’re doing it. Frequent grinding can lead to broken or ground down teeth. You might need a night guard to help you fully break the habit.

4. Stress Causes Under Eye Bags

Under eye bags, or other puffiness in the face, can often be related to a lack of sleep. Stressed out people have a tendency to develop poor sleeping habits. Either they’re busy all the time and can’t get in a full night, or they can’t relax enough to get quality sleep. Cutting off caffeine while it’s still light outside and creating a stress relief routine before bed, such as light meditation or reading fiction that you love, might make it easier to sleep at night.

5. Stress Related Habits Are Damaging

People cope with stress in different ways. Smoking and drinking are universally known to be unhealthy, especially if they’re done frequently. The same goes for running to snacks to comfort eat. Weight gain, loss of elasticity in the skin, as well as damage to the lungs and liver can take a toll on you both internally and externally. By swapping out an unhealthy habit for one that’s marginally better, you can continue to make small changes to transition your way into a better lifestyle.

6. Stress Can Affect Your Posture

When you’re exhausted and overwhelmed, you probably have a tendency to slouch. It’s hard to get comfortable. If you’re wearing your stress in your posture, you can be doing damage to your back. Outside of that, people with poor posture appear to weigh more than what they actually weigh. It’s surprising how slimming a straight spine can be.

7. Stress May Cause Hair Loss

People who are already prone to hair loss will see the affects more dramatically when they’re under stress. Hair is made of dead cells, so it’s already difficult to keep healthy. When you’re under high levels of stress, your body might let go of your hair. Outside of eating foods rich in naturally occurring biotin, there’s not much else you can do to prevent hair loss other than implementing stress management techniques into your everyday life.

You don’t want people to see your stress – you want them to see your accomplishments and ambitions. If you’re starting to wear your stress like a mask, it’s time to step back and create the environment for the peaceful life that you deserve.

Sarah Kearns is a hard working mother of three daughters. She is a Senior Communications Manager for BizDb, an online resource with information about businesses in the UK. She loves cooking, reading history books and writing about green living.