How Your Mood Can Affect Your Skin

Your skin is incredibly sensitive. Its state and wellbeing can be affected by a number of factors, including your diet, your surroundings, and even your mood.

We’ve all heard of people breaking out in ‘stress spots’ when under pressure, but the truth is that your skin is much more susceptible to dangerous infections when your body is placed under severe stress, and this can lead to a number of symptoms beginning to show.

You should think of your skin like a canvas for your emotions, with the way you feel having a direct effect on how you look, and how your skin responds. Studies have shown that positive feelings can be beneficial to your body, while negative thoughts and emotions like stress or depression can be incredibly detrimental to the health of your skin.

Let’s take a look at just a few of the skin-related illnesses linked with stress, and how they can be prevented.

Acne, blisters and rashes

AcneStress and depression dehydrates the skin, leaving us more vulnerable to breakouts of acne, blisters and rashes caused by friction and rubbing.

Large quantities of greasy junk food and alcohol consumption can also cause aggressive bouts of acne, leaving the skin sore and blistered.



The American Academy of Dermatology has identified stress as a trigger for psoriasis. A skin condition that presents itself in the form of itchy, flaky patches, stress has been proven to worsen its effects. (Source: AAD)

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitisSeborrheic dermatitis (SD for short) is a scaly rash which inflames the skin. It commonly appears on the face, scalp or chest, but can also spread to the arms, legs and hands.

Whilst the direct cause of SD is unknown, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said that extreme stress may aggravate the rash (Source:

Hair lossHair loss

Many of us will experience mild hair loss as we grow older, which is perfectly natural.

However, people under enormous amounts of pressure, whether it be emotional or physical, may find this shedding process accelerating to the point where they lose up to three quarters of their hair.

What can you do?

Reduce stress

While everyday stresses are generally unavoidable, there are certain techniques you can practise to help you cope with these pressures better, and ensure they don’t get out of hand.

Try identifying the main sources of stress or negativity, and attempt to reduce contact with the situation or person at the route of it all.

If you do find yourself stuck in a stressful situation – stop, take a step back, take a deep breath and try to rationalise what is happening.

Stress usually occurs when we feel we have no control over the situation, so if you take a moment to think about it, you may find yourself calming down much more quickly.

Take care of your skin

Your skin is a fickle and sensitive thing, so it’s important to take care of it as best as possible.

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Cut out drug use

Cutting down on the amount of narcotics that enter your system, including alcohol and tobacco, can also have a hugely positive effect on your day-to-day health. As your health improves, so will your skin.

Change your diet

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat”; well this couldn’t be more true when it comes to your skin. Greasy junk food that’s filled with sugars and saturated fats will have negative effects on your body and your mental state. On the other hand, healthy foods, filled with vitamins and rich in antioxidants, will help clear your skin and leave you feeling all the better for it.

If you feel you’re not getting enough essential nutrients in your diet, we supply a number of supplements which help provide all the necessary vitamins and minerals for your body to function healthily.

For more information on keeping your skin healthy, and advice on how to find the right supplements and nutrients for your needs, email today.

Image Credits

Woman scratching her back via BigStock

Acne via Wikimedia Commons

Psoriasis via Wikimedia Commons

Seborrhoeic Dermatitis via Wikimedia Commons

Hair Loss via Wikimedia Commons