“Stress plays a significant role in general skin conditions and, if it is not managed well, it can make pre-existing conditions worse,” said Dr Manish Pahwa, Specialist Dermatologist at Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity.
While a rash or skin irritation could be a sign of stress, the most common skin problems that are exacerbated by stress include eczema, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, fever blisters, vitiligo and hair loss.
While stress can cause skin problems for both men and women, children - particularly teenagers - experience several skin disorders due to stress. The pressures of dealing with school or college assignments, tests and extracurricular activities are some of the key factors leading to stress in teenagers, and this stress can lead to skin problems. According to Dr Pahwa, if a child or teenager is prone to acne, they will experience severe break-outs and the acne will take longer to improve. This generally happens because the teenager scratches their pimples, making the problem worse and leading to scarring.
“In today’s fast paced world, some teenagers turn to comfort foods containing sugar and fats to cope with stress. However, this isn’t good for the skin or physical health and such food can make pre-existing conditions worse. Stress is common and anyone can experience it. The best thing to do is to learn to manage stress. Managing stress can diminish the severity of skin problems or eliminate them entirely,” said Dr Pahwa.
People can relieve stress and the skin problems associated with it by eating healthily, practicing medication or yoga, exercising regularly, making time for hobbies such as dancing, reading and cycling and ensuring that they get enough sleep.
A Dermatologist will help patients identify their stressors – a process which can sometimes require the assistance of a counsellor – and prescribe the relevant medications for the primary disorder.
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