How Does Stress Affect Your Skin

Apr 6, 2016 | Blog, Skin Care

Skin CareThere are many factors that play a major part in the health of our skin—and stress can really take a toll on it. When we are stressed out, our body releases cortisol. This hormone increases the sugar levels in your body, which makes your body accumulate more fat and can cause acne. Cortisol also decreases your skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid—a natural moisturizer, which will cause your skin to become very dry, leading to wrinkles and lines. Stress can also lead to other skin conditions such as psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis, which is why it is important to have a good skin care routine and to find ways to relax—even with a busy schedule. Learn more about how stress affects your skin and how to reduce its effects.

Dry Skin

Stress releases cortisol which causes your skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, leading to dry, damaged skin.
Correct it: SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator is a skincare product that replenishes your skin’s own Hyaluronic Acid. It also decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through a mix of the five Hyaluronic Acid forms within the HA5 formula—providing immediate smoothing and continuous hydration throughout the day.


When you are stressed, your blood flow increases and may cause capillaries to expand, leading to redness on your skin.
Correct it: A popular product to treat redness is SkinMedica’s Redness Relief CalmPlex which helps prevent and reduce skin redness.  This product has been clinically proven to treat the underlying causes of redness with fast-acting results. Redness Relief CalmPlex is designed for those who suffer from chronic or acute redness and anyone that experiences flushing. It easily fits into any skin care regimen and it suites most skin types.


Stress induces acne flare-ups when your body releases cortisol, which in turn releases excess oils and induces pimples. Because stress affects your immune system, these symptoms may be long-lasting.
Correct it: At North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic, we have specialized skincare treatment plans for mild to moderate adult acne, such as BLU-U—a non-laser blue light device that targets the bacteria in the oil glands, eliminating a major step in the process of acne production.
For more information about stress and how it affects your skin, or to schedule a free consultation with one of our skincare experts, call (480) 405-2996 or click here.