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12 ways your skin can react to stress, according to a dermatologist

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    Stress can take a toll on your
    body. 
  
  
    It can also take a toll on your
    skin. 
  
  
    It may lead to acne. 
  
  
    It may also lead to
    sweating.
  
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  As more and more of us face
  increasing demands at work and at home, it's no secret that
  feeling chronically 
  stressed can impact
  our health in many ways, affecting us both mentally
  and physically.

  Chronic 
  stress messes with your body in several ways - from sleepless nights to
  appetite changes, your body can react in seemingly unusual ways
  when you're experiencing a lot of stress.

  It turns out that your stress
  levels can seriously impact your skin, exacerbating existing skin
  conditions like eczema or rosacea, and causing side effects like
  excessive sweating or even 
  hair loss.

  In fact, the link between
  
  skin and stress
  is becoming better understood in
  the medical community. "Psychodermatology
  is a field that addresses the
  impact of an individual's emotion as it relates to the skin,"
  Karen Mallin, PsyD, an instructor in the departments of
  psychiatry and behavioral sciences and dermatology &
  cutaneous surgery of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial
  Hospital in Miami told WebMD.

  INSIDER spoke with Marisa
  Garshick, MD and Certain
  Dri chief medical
  correspondent, and she told us all about the many ways your skin
  can be impacted by your stress levels.

  • Stress can take a toll on your body.
  • It can also take a toll on your skin.
  • It may lead to acne.
  • It may also lead to sweating. 

As more and more of us face increasing demands at work and at home, it's no secret that feeling chronically stressed can impact our health in many ways, affecting us mentally and physically.

Chronic stress messes with your body in several ways - from sleepless nights to appetite changes, your body can react in seemingly unusual ways when you're experiencing a lot of stress.

It turns out that your stress levels can seriously impact your skin, exacerbating existing skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, and causing side effects like excessive sweating or even hair loss.

In fact, the link between skin and stress is becoming better understood in the medical community. "Psychodermatology is a field that addresses the impact of an individual's emotion as it relates to the skin," Karen Mallin, PsyD, an instructor in the departments of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and dermatology & cutaneous surgery of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami told WebMD.

INSIDER spoke with Marisa Garshick, MD and Certain Dri chief medical correspondent, and she told us all about the many ways your skin can be impacted by your stress levels. Click through the gallery above to learn more.

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