If you’re chewing on a pen top with your shoulders up by your ears at the moment take a deep breath: We’ve got good news and bad news when it comes to stress and your skin. A new study published in Acta Dermato-Venereologica found that while stress did have a correlation with itchiness, hair loss and pulling, oily or flaky patches on the scalp, and increased sweating and scaly skin, it did not have an impact on rashes, warts, or—most importantly—acne.
Previous studies have linked stress and skin complaints, but those studies were limited by samples sizes or focused on a single skin disease. This broader study looked at over 400 undergraduate students separated into three categories: High, moderate, and low stress (how ca we get in on that last group?). The highly stressed showed more skin problems overall, pimples—commonly blamed on anxiety—just weren’t one of them.
In other words, stress is bad for your skin, it’s just not bad in every way. We’re not sure whether to count that as a win, but we’re not letting it prevent us from using it as an excuse to run and book a massage. We’re doing it for the health of our skin, you see. Itchiness is no one’s friend.
You can read more about the study here.
Psst are you doing these 16 things to wreck you skin? Stop it! Stop it right now! And if you are experiencing a breakout, here are the fixes that’ll clear it up in a snap. Then you’ll have one less thing to stress out about.
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