“Stress isn’t just something we feel, we can actually see it on our skin,” Tracey says, “the stress hormone, cortisol, affects our circulation (which leads to dark circles) and compromises the skin’s natural barrier meaning it’s harder for us to hold in moisture”. This can lead to (brace yourself) excessive dryness – flakiness even – breakouts, blemishes, inflammation, redness and increased sensitivity.
We asked an expert why we’re breaking out in isolation
Considering the fact you haven’t worn makeup in weeks, the countless hours you’ve dedicated to your skincare routine and – not to mention – the drop in air pollution, you’d think your skin would be looking better than ever. So, why are you still breaking out? The answer is probably stress (unsurprising really, there is a literal global pandemic after all). We spoke to Tracey Wilmot, Director of Education at Murad about how stress affects the skin and what we can do about it.
By Beth Ludolf