Can stress cause psoriasis and how to avoid it?

By Dr. Totenkopf | January 6, 2017

Psychological stress can affect all organs and system of the body including skin, hair and nail condition. Any kind of emotion (positive or negative) can significantly influence your skin. In our time, stress is a part of life. Therefore, your task is to learn how to effectively deal with it.

How psychological stress can affect skin?

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Stress leads to the occurrence of different chemical reactions in the body, which make skin more reactive and
vulnerable to multiple diseases including plaque psoriasis. In addition,
stress can worsen the existing ailment and you will experience more difficulties when curing it. During stress, the body produces an increased amount of cortisol – a harmful hormone. Because of this, skin of some people becomes more oily causing acne occurrence, while skin of others, on the contrary, becomes drier, which is one of the causes of psoriasis.

In addition, stress has the following bad effects:

  1. Worsening existing plaque psoriasis. Weakening the body, stress can cause the aggravation of the disease.
  2. Interfering with everyday skincare. If a person is in a state of psychological strain, he/she may not want to carry out daily skincare procedures or can simply forget about it.
  3. Skin problem caused by psoriasis may also be stressful. For example, psychological stress caused by anxiety (because of patient’s worrying about his appereance) in combination with pain, itching and immunopathological disorders can lead to severe depression, anxiety or social phobia, as well as to social isolation.

Regardless of whether you suffer from psoriasis or not, if you experience chronic stress, you should fight with it as soon as possible. We can help you in this task. So use the tips below.

8 tips on how to minimize negative effect of psychological stress on skin

Although getting rid of stress completely is impossible, there are ways that will allow you to handle this psychological phenomenon better. Try the following tips:

  1. Do not ignore the condition of your skin. Always take care of your skin despite of fatigue and stress.
  2. Exercise regularly. This will have good impact on the overall health in general and on thevskin condition in particular.
  3. Take a moment to do what you like. Read a book or take a bath.
  4. Practice pedestrian walks.
  5. Use stress management techniques such as yoga and meditating.
  6. Sleep a sufficient amount of time – at least 7-8 hours a day.
  7. Learn to say no. Sometimes it is helpful to set boundaries in order to reduce stress level or avoid it.
  8. Talk to someone. You can just talk to your friend or see a psychotherapist.

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