5 ways stress impacts your skin

We all experience stress at some point in our lives. Between our personal lives, careers and studies, it’s difficult to avoid high levels of stress and the negative impact it can have on our bodies and skin. Here’s what you need to know about the relationship between stress and skin.


Acne is mainly caused by the accumulation of oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, which clogs pores, resulting in small or large bumps on the face, neck and sometimes, the back and arms. When we’re stressed, the body releases cortisol (among other hormones), leading to higher oil production and increased chances of developing breakouts.

Dry and dull skin

There’s a direct link between stress and dry skin, and even though we don’t like to see it, stress always shows up on our skin. Stress can disrupt hormones and in turn mess with skin’s oil production, leading to dry, flaky skin.

Dark circles

Stress can drastically affect sleeping patterns and being sleep-deprived can lead to having those dreaded dark circles around your eyes. These may take a while to get rid of, requiring rest as well as dealing with the source of stress directly.

Rashes and hives

If you already struggle with eczema and other skin conditions, it’s important to note that prolonged stress and anxiety can cause flare ups. Since we know how difficult it can be to get eczema under control, we don’t recommend hanging onto stressful situations or ignoring situations that can cause stress in the future, but we’ll touch on this a bit later.

Premature signs of ageing

When we’re stressed, or even unhappy, we frown, purse our lips or furrow our eyebrows without even realising it. Although this is a normal human reaction, doing it too often can cause our skin to develop permanent frown lines. Ageing is a natural process, but we’d much rather see smile lines than frown lines right?

Okay, enough problems… let’s talk solutions

For the most part, stress can’t be completely avoided, but you can come up with some effective techniques to combat it - like exercise, breathing techniques and maybe even journaling. It’s also a good idea to get to the root of those stressful situations and get lots of rest and water. Last but not least, you can mitigate some affects of stress on the skin with gentle, quality skincare which addresses your specific skin type and concerns. Visit the Apicare product range with Mānuka  Honey here to learn more.