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Posted: December 1st, 2018
The Holiday season is upon us, and for many that means cold weather, Christmas caroling and Santa, but for others it means stressful days. Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the season can cause people to experience those “holiday blues.” Stress takes a toll on the body, both physically and psychologically, and can cause skin problems as well.
When people become stressed, stress hormones (cortisol) in our bodies increase. This can cause oily skin and inflammation which can lead to acne, and many other skin problems such as rosacea, psoriasis, hives, and rashes. People who are stressed may be more prone to develop fever blisters, and may become more sensitive to allergies and irritants. Skin stress can cause dark circles under the eyes, which can be the result of low moisture especially living in cold conditions and being exposed to indoor heat. Many people experience hair loss and nail problems too.
Here are some tips to reduce the effects of stress:
Sources: American Academy of Dermatology: Is Holiday Stress Harming Your Skin?
HealthNewsDigest.com : How Holiday Stress Affects Your Skin