According To Experts, Here Are All Of The Ways Stress Can Impact Your Skin And Body Overall

It’s a common experience: You’re feeling stressed out about work, family issues, relationships or something else. Then to add insult to injury, a giant pimple appears.

Anyone who’s been there knows that the link between the skin and stress is undeniable. But what exactly is going on with the skin — the body’s largest organ — when we feel this way? HuffPost asked dermatologists to break it down.

Stress elevates cortisol levels.

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The brain-skin axis may set off a vicious cycle.

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Stress can accelerate skin aging.

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There are other health implications.

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You can help your skin get through stress.

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