One of the foremost complaints from many persons I meet these days is that they are stressed. Job, spouse, children, everything adds up to a bag of stress. Then the follow up complaint is that their hair is not growing as it should or it is breaking and they are doing everything else right. The effects of stress on your hair and skin can be considered monumental.
There is usually a connection with the stress situation and the lack of hair retention or brittle and dry hair. The truth is, our body is made up of separate parts but they work together so well, that if one part of you is suffering the whole body sympathizes. If something is on your mind and stressing you out, your hair and skin will show it.
Dr. Mayoral, a leading dermatologist, believes that stress may be the primary reason for unexplained hair loss. When a person is stressed, the hair can go into the telogen (fall-out) phase immediately. Other events, which the body handles as stress, such as childbirth or surgery, can cause the hair to fall out. In effect what the body does is take a time out to focus on recovery and healing. The body at this time focuses on getting you better; your hair is not a priority to your body when you are stressed out. That’s why when you are undergoing high drama or stressful situations you might find that your hair sheds and looks lackluster.
Hair loss is a normal response to stress; however, you should get a proper medical evaluation to rule out other causes, especially if you find that your hair is still shedding and breaking after the stressful period has passed.
Not to be left out of the stress, the skin is the largest organ that the body has and it suffers the most whenever you are stressed out. The level of the body’s stress hormone (cortisol) rises and this causes conditions like, oily skin, acne, boils, dry flaking skin and other skin problems. Researchers have found that stress adversely affects the normal functions of the skin.
Tips To Curb Stress For Longer Hair and Healthy Skin
- Controlling your situation can help to relieve stress. You might not be able to control a situation but you may control your reactions to it. Get a handle on the things that you can change.
- Recognize the underlying problem that may be triggering your symptoms. If you can’t articulate it, sit down and write it down. Develop skills to minimize the issues, resist the urge to tear your hair out.
- Exercise is the great stress reliever; it releases endorphins in the body that will make you feel better; stimulate your scalp and skin. Make some time to exercise.
- Avoid very hot showers or baths and use detergent-free soaps. Moisturize as soon as possible after bathing.
- Avoid strange diets where only one or two foods are allowed, as improper nutrition and extreme or rapid weight loss can result in hair loss.
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily to protect your skin from sun exposure.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology (2007, November 9). Feeling Stressed? How Your Skin, Hair And Nails Can Show It. ScienceDaily.