Does Your Mood Affect Your Skin?

It might sound really strange but your mood can and does create change in your skin.

I experienced this during the very beginning of the pandemic. I think it was an overall feeling of doom and disbelief and I visibly saw more wrinkles on my face.

Turns out there is scientific proof about this. There is often a chemical response in your body when it comes to emotions. Bad or uneasy moods can reduce the skin’s ability to heal, increase cortisol levels in the bloodstream, weaken skin cells, interrupt collagen production, etc.

These changes to your body will naturally result in a physical change to your skin.

We will look at the various emotions and how they effect your skin.

Be Well,

Clinical Perspectives Of Mood-Related Skin Issues…

Most people do not realize just how much mood can affect the skin. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to seek assistance from a dermatologist, not realizing that a psychological issue may be the source of the problem.

Resolving some mood-related skin issues may require both a dermatological and psychological approach.

Smile For Good Skin …

The saying “laughter is the best medicine” actually has some medical validity. Studies show that our emotions can have positive and negative consequences on our bodies, and affect the appearance of our skin.

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Out of all the emotions, stress is youth’s biggest enemy. Stress can age your face far more rapidly than the passage of time. That’s because it’s the biggest stimulator of that pesky hormone cortisol, which flows freely through your system in times of stress.

Cortisol taxes every organ, blood vessels become more fragile, new skin cells don’t form as quickly, and cell turnover may eventually slow by half… it’s skin aging in a nutshell.

When you’re stressed, you may eat different foods than you usually do, and drink less water and more alcohol, which will can show in the dehydration. You may also pay less attention to your skincare routine. While dehydration can make wrinkles and fine lines look more pronounced, the combination of a poor diet and spotty skincare can spell breakout trouble for the acne-prone.


Anger makes your facial muscles tense, which over time gives you lines. Feelings of anger can also affect how your skin rejuvenates and heals. In a study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, Immunity, researchers separated participants into two groups of easily angered and more peacefully Zen temperaments, and gave each a small wound on their arms.

Healing and cell turnover took four times longer in the angry participants as it did those who had temper control.


Like anger, sadness weighs heavily on the face, and can cause wrinkles from repetitively frowning and furrowing brows. Research now suggests that facial expression has such a strong effect on skin, that if you don’t have the ability to frown, you might actually feel less sadness.

Long-term depression has disastrous effects on skin, because the chemicals associated with the condition can prevent your body from repairing inflammation in cells. These hormones affect sleep, which will show on our faces in the form of baggy, puffy eyes and a dull or lifeless complexion.

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Embarrassment can move from your brain to your skin, when neuro-peptide receptors in skin receive messages, causing you to blush. The sensitivity of the sympathetic nervous system determines why how often and easily one blushes, as well as how hot your skin feels.


When you feel threatened or in danger – whether the cause is real or imagined – the brain’s first reaction is to signal the adrenal glands to release epinephrine, better known as adrenaline.

As a result, heart rate speed increases, rushing blood to the body’s big power muscles, in case you need the burst of energy to run fast. Adrenaline also commandeers some of that blood from the skin and face, and constricts blood vessels in the skin to control and limit bleeding if wounded.

The fear chemicals can cause you to look pale and dull, as if you’d just seen a ghost.

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