Can stress lead to wrinkles?

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Wrinkles are one of the most common signs of ageing, and are also something that many people want to avoid. This has led to the large increase in anti-wrinkle treatments and procedures available, aiming to reduce the appearance of wrinkle, or even prevent them from forming altogether. Unfortunately, some lifestyle factors play an important role in the development of wrinkles. This includes smoking and UV exposure. But can stress lead to wrinkles? Well, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic, we are Preston’s leading aesthetic treatment providers, and this is our guide to everything you should know about stress and wrinkles.

Does stress lead to wrinkles?

Stress is one of the biggest factors that can play a role in the development of wrinkles, and even make any lines or wrinkles more pronounced. This can include:

  • frown lines
  • crows feet
  • under eye wrinkles 

How does stress effect ageing?

Stress can have both a mental and physical impact on your body. When you are stressed, your body produces larger quantities of the chemicals cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline. It is the increased production of cortisol that can lead directly to the development of lines and wrinkles.

What is the link between cortisol and wrinkles?

One of the many things that cortisol does is to break down collagen in the skin. Collagen is a substance responsible for adding volume and elasticity to the skin, so when this breaks down, the skin loses this volume, and natural structure. As such, expression lines and wrinkles will begin to appear, or will become more prominent.

Because stress is associated with frustration, frown lines are the most common result. 

How else can stress effect ageing?

When you are stressed, it’s highly likely that you are not thinking about the things your body needs. You might miss out on sleep, food, and hydration, and all of this can play a role in the condition and behaviour of your skin. This can result in:

  • dry, flaky skin
  • dull looking sin
  • under eye dark circles or hollows

How to fight stress related ageing signs

To reduce the appearance of stress related lines and wrinkles, you could consider:

Dermal fillers – these will replace lost volume in specific, targeted areas of the face, and help to smooth out any lines or wrinkles.

Anti-wrinkle injections – also known as Botox, these are injections into facial muscles that will allow your muscles to relax and reset, as well as the facial skin. This reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as preventing these from becoming more pronounced.

To tackle skin conditions caused by periods of stress, you could consider:

Dermaplaning – remove the top layers of dead, dry skin, as well as vellus hair, to trigger exfoliation and skin rejuvenation

chemical peels – this can also remove the top layer of skin, but a chemical peel can penetrate deeper skin layers for deep exfoliation

To find out more about any of our aesthetic procedures, get in touch with the team today, here at The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.

The Skin and Wellbeing Clinic is proud to provide professional aesthetics treatments for clients in Preston, Blackpool, Leyland, Chorley, Kirkham, Blackburn and the North West of England.