Taking Care of Your Skin/Body — When Stress Wreaks Havoc On It

With summer just around the corner, you may want to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. But, what if some of your skin issues are coming from within? If you’re feeling more stressed that usual because of work and personal commitments, a lingering thought process or worry or something else, then your skin may also suffer.

If you look in the mirror and see more flare-ups and inflammations on your face, arms and other areas of your body, then assess your stress levels. Stressors could be causing your small flare-ups of acne or more chronic conditions, like eczema and psoriasis. Your skin feels itchy and scaly — and redness appears out of nowhere. How can you take care of your skin when the life’s stresses get in the way? Here are some tips to take care of your skin — even when stress wreaks havoc on it:


If you’re too focused on negative thoughts in your brain, then the stress can cause your skin to breakout or become inflamed. Try to focus on deep breaths and clear your mind. This will help you manage your overall stress levels and any other mental health disorders. And your clearer skin will thank you for it, too.

See a dermatologist

If you have been to your local pharmacy to find the over-the-counter topical cream that is right for your particular skin disorder and nothing seems to work, it could be time to see a dermatologist. He or she can prescribe a cream or other medication to help clear your skin. Plus, you will be able to better assess the cause of your skin condition, whether it’s more stress-related or because of an allergy, etc.

Use Vaseline

While this isn’t the ultimate cure-all, using Vaseline on the affected areas of your skin can greatly reduce the itchiness and dryness caused by eczema, psoriasis or another skin disorder brought on by stress. Wash your face with lukewarm water to remove the skin’s natural oils. Apply Vaseline to the spot with a cotton pad or ball. It keeps your skin protected and hydrated. For example, your stress could be causing the skin on your eyelid and around your eye to become inflamed or incredibly dry. If the skin condition is affecting your scalp, then wash and condition your hair with anti-dandruff shampoo to relieve some of the symptoms.

Manage your stress levels

Think about your work and life stressors. Are you unhappy at work because you feel like you’re at a standstill? Have you recently lost a loved one and are going through the seven stages of grief? Have you had to deal with the end of your relationship, resulting in divorce? Our lives can make us stressed, of course, and sometimes, that stress is reflected in our skin. If you’re not sleeping well, are experiencing anxiety and depression, aren’t eating well, etc., then your skin could also suffer. Work through your stress symptoms and triggers and recognize the signs to better manage your overall stress and skin.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.