Why stress makes you age (and how to control it)

Why stress makes you age

Stress.. Feeling anxious on a regular basis involves a whole earthquake that wears and ages.

Stress can cause our hair to fall out (temporarily), turn gray, dry our skin or favor the appearance of pimples.

But do not give up: all these symptoms can be fought in one way or another.
Even the calmest man in the world is affected by stress.

Even the calmest man in the world is affected by stress.
Stress can affect your body in many ways. If you really lose your mind, it can even affect your immune system completely. (If you experience these symptoms, consult a doctor immediately). But if you are here for lighter reasons, such as how to prevent pimples caused by nerves and premature aging and irregular hair loss, you can continue reading.

The correct way to minimize stress is to live in a healthy way: sleep well, hydrate, have a fixed work routine (and pleasant as much as possible).

If you don’t try to minimize tension, the effects of stress can affect your face and hair. Whether by vanity or by your own physical, mental and emotional health (much more important, of course), here are six aspects and their corresponding advice to achieve it.

Stress can make you bald
Stress can cause the so-called ‘alopecia areata’, which generates a kind of baldness patches anywhere on the body, including the head or beard. Stress can also trigger a tic that consists of grabbing the beard or head and generating a bad habit. This condition is called trichotillomania.

Surely you have seen a friend with a stressful job that has small bald spots on the sides of the beard. And that probably isn’t genetic; It is the result of compulsively tearing hair. Usually, this hair grows back again, but it doesn’t even have to fall out in the first place: to avoid it, evaluate your emotional responses to certain stressful situations so you don’t fall back into this vice.

Stress can also cause a condition called telogen effluvium, which causes the hair follicle to pass to the resting phase and causes the hair to fall tufts. But this situation occurs in response to a traumatic situation and is not gradual.

It also makes your hair turn gray
The effect of stress on hair loss is usually temporary and uneven. It is unlikely to accelerate baldness permanently. However, it does permanently affect the color of your hair, by hindering or stopping the production of melanocytes in the hair follicles. This means that the hair no longer produces pigment, therefore, it turns gray (or white, if all the pigment is lost). If you suffer a traumatic situation you may experience a spot or streak of white hair. That is a result of stress and loss of pigment. But if the gradual and constant stress will accelerate the graying process.

Stress causes pimples
Stress alters your hormones. It increases the production of cortisol, which in turn increases the expulsion of fat in the skin. All this leads to a higher probability of clogged pores. Stress can also multiply the amount of bacteria that cause acne in the body, a situation that can be reversed with an antibiotic treatment. Of course, always prescribed by a dermatologist.

It also dries the skin
Depending on your body’s reaction to increased cortisol production, it can also end up causing too dry skin. Cortisol can hinder skin elasticity and water retention, thus dehydrating your dermis. If this happens to you, use a good moisturizer to moisten the cells.

Makes you grow old
Stress can alter your sleep, damage your eyesight, frown, etc. All this additional wear is not good to look young: it will accelerate the signs of aging that should take another 10 or 20 years to appear. You can expect crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, fine lines on the forehead, spots on the skin and dark circles under the eyes. The only way to avoid this situation is to sleep a little more, live more quietly and get a good retinol recipe.