Inflammatory Skin Conditions Caused by Stress

Jul 20, 2015 | Blog, Skin Care

Sskin_condtiontress really does take a toll on our skin, and it’s not uncommon to experience some kind of skin condition as a result of stress or pressures in our daily lives. The skin can exhibit this stress in any number of ways—from rosacea to alopecia, or from pimples to hives. That’s why it’s crucial to keep your stress under wraps and find methods of relaxation when life starts to take a toll on your complexion.


This skin condition consists of a scaly rash over dry patches on the epidermis. It’s one of the more common stress-induced skin conditions, yet researchers are not positive how exactly stress causes it, but it can certainly prolong it. Psoriasis is costly to treat and the stigma of feeling self-conscious about the condition is a stressor in and of itself.

Acne and Rosacea

At North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic, we have specialized 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. Stress induces acne flare-ups when your body releases stress hormones such as cortisol, which in turn releases excess oils and brings up pimples. Rosacea, or redness on the skin that’s often accompanied by acne, is also a side effect of severe stress.


This is yet another inflammatory skin condition caused by stress (and it’s also known as Atopic Dermatitis)—and, like psoriasis, it can be worsened just from the stress of trying to fight it. Certain irritants can make it worse as well, including disinfectants like chlorine, soaps, detergents, or contact with juices from fresh fruits, meats or vegetables.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis targets the scalp, causing scaly, red patches and dandruff. It’s not contagious, and it’s definitely not a sign of poor hygiene. The itching and dryness can be taken care of using proper moisturizers and anti-itch formulas—and, of course, keeping stress to a minimum helps prevent the disorder and help diminish it.
If you’ve experienced a skin condition due to stress, it may be time to take up a relaxing activity, such as yoga or meditation—and be sure to get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet.
If you need a skin-rejuvenating and complexion-beautifying treatment after recovering from a skin condition caused by stress, book an appointment with North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic today—or call us for a free consultation at (480)-513-2888!