There’s perhaps no doubt in your mind that stress and tiredness are affecting your life, especially if you’re reading this. Both conditions can leave you feeling run down and more exhausted than ever before, and it can have a serious, long-term effect on your life and the direction you’re taking.
However, stress and fatigue can do so much more. Today, I’m going to be talking specifically about how stress and fatigue affect your face, your skin, and your physical appearance in these areas.
- Increased Rashes
Stress is known to have a weakening effect on the immune system, so the more stressed you are, the less likely your body will be able to fight off infections and conditions like rashes caused by things like unbalanced hormones and bacteria. Skin conditions like dermatitis and eczema can also be triggered by stress.
- Teeth Grinding
While not immediately obvious, stress causes many of us to grind our teeth, which over long periods of time, can lead to damaged teeth, bleeding gums, and eventually damage that can’t be fixed without false teeth.
- Baggy Eyes
We’ve all had bags under our eyes at some point due to stress and tiredness, definitely if you used to go out partying during your teenage years. These bags are caused by swelling and become more common when you’re older since your skin is becoming weaker. These are caused by sleep deprivation and can increase signs of aging.
- Increased Dry Skin
The outer layer of your skin is known as the stratum corneum and plays the biggest part in making sure your skin stays hydrated as you go through life. However, it’s been proven that stress can impair the function of this skin layer, thus leading to dry skin that can crack and become damaged far more easily than healthy skin.
- Causes Acne
Getting spots and acne is not a great place to be and is only ever going to cause more stress and anxiety, but it’s stress and anxiety that brings it all on in the first place. When you’re stressed, your body releases a hormone known as cortisol, which makes your glands hyperactive, thus producing more spots.
If you’re affected by acne, or indeed any of the points on this list, note that you don’t have to live with them, and getting help via botox solutions can help reduce stress and anxiety and get you back to your proper self.
- Sore, Red Lips
Hand in hand with teeth grinding, a sign of stress is chewing on your lips and peeling the top layers of skin off. This can lead to red and swollen lips, perhaps even bleeding lips in extreme cases.
- Increased Wrinkles
When you’re stressed or stressed because you’re tired, there is a change in hormones in your body that affects your protein balance, and therefore your skin will lose its elasticity, therefore leading to increased wrinkles that contribute to signs of aging.
- Damaged Jaw
Since stress means you could be grinding and clenching your teeth, this can damage your jaw over time and can lead to conditions like TMD. If you’re doing this in your sleep, this can cause damage so much faster.
- Greying Hair
You’ve probably already heard that grey hair is a sign of old hair, but it’s also a sign of stress and of being overtired. A 2020 study found that stress on the nervous system can cause stem cells that are responsible for creating your hair color to disappear, thus causing your hair to lose its color and go grey.
- Flushing Face
While it may not cause damage, the effects of stress can cause your breathing habits to change, say you’re having a panic attack, which can lead to your face flushing due to the rapid change in oxygen levels.
As you can see, there are numerous ways in which stress and tiredness and tiredness can change and damage your face. If you see any of these signs, then it’s time to take a step back to resolve the stress in your life and make sure you’re getting enough sleep.