The Effects of Stress on Skin, Hair and Nails

Skin, Hair and Nails

The correlation between stress and skin diseases has been highlighted by the dermatologist Flor A. Mayoral, of ‘ American Academy of Dermatology.

The dermatologist said:
Having treated hundreds of patients with problems such as eczema, rosacea, acne and psoriasis I have seen firsthand how stress can aggravate the situation or be responsible.

When a person is stressed, the stress hormone appears in the body and makes her way into it. This makes the body produce more sebum, causing oily skin, acne and other skin problems such as dehydration of the epidermis.

The hair loss can result from a situation of stress and psychological pressure, especially when it seems inexplicable. Hair can fall into a period of high stress and then regrow normally a few months later, when the stress decreases.

The dermatologist Mayoral should avoid restrictive diets where you can eat only certain categories of foods, because these diets can lead to additional stress and accumulated to hair loss.

The nails are not immune to stress, for different reasons. Not only because those who are stressed tend to bite their nails and damage them, but also because the stress in the body can make nails brittle and prone to cracking.

Again because of psychological pressure, many people unknowingly rub the nails of the thumb with the other nails, and this makes them particularly fragile and hollow.

Some Tips for Stress

How to deal with stress? Mayoral offers some useful tips to fight the pressure and preserve the appearance of skin and hair.

  • Learn to recognize the underlying problem of stress and think about how you may reduce it
  • Make physical activity: exercise releases endorphins in the body, and stress can be reduced.
  • Avoid very hot baths or showers, and always use moisturizer after washing your body.
  • Always protect your skin with sunscreen when you expose yourself to the sun.
  • Follow a proper diet rich in all nutrients that are good for hair and nails.
  • Apply nail products on specific nutrients to fortify them and say goodbye to brittle nails.

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