Effects of Stress on Your Face

While some stress is inevitable, consistent levels of stress can impact your life in both the short- and long-term. Stress can impact your mental health, sleep, and it can even show up on your face. Stress can age your face causing you to look much older and tired. Below you will find the most common effects of stress on the face.

Common Effects of Stress on Your Face

The skin on your face is impacted by the natural aging process. However, certain lifestyle factors can accelerate the aging process. One of these factors is consistent levels of stress.

Eye Bags:

One of the most noticeable signs of stress on your face is under-eye bags. Stress often impacts your sleep which can exacerbate dark circles and bags under your eyes. In addition to bags, you may notice swelling and puffiness underneath your eyelids. Long-term stress can impact your skin’s elasticity leading to fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, and sagging.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles:

Stress impacts the elasticity of your skin as it can increase the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin. This can lead to fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, between your eyebrows, and even on your forehead. Stress can also lead you to furrow your brow more often, which can lead to additional wrinkles.


While you may have hoped acne was only going to plague your face during puberty, it’s not the case. Stress causes an increase in the production of cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone your body naturally produces. Research has shown that an increase in cortisol can increase oil production. Excessive oil results in your pores being clogged, which can ultimately lead to acne.

Dry Skin:

Research has shown that stress negatively impacts your skin’s barrier function. This can lead to dry, itchy skin. Your skin’s barrier is referred to as the stratum corneum and is the outermost layer of your skin. It plays an important role in keeping your skin hydrated as it has helpful proteins and lipids that keep your skin moist and hydrated.


Stress can impact various areas of your body simultaneously. In fact, stress can weaken your immune system and lead to an imbalance of bacteria in your gut and skin. This can lead to redness and a rash if not taken care of. In addition, stress can trigger certain skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis.

Treating an Aging Face

The impacts of stress cannot be reversed without cosmetic intervention due to the impact and damage to your skin. However, there are effective treatment options that can restore your youthful look. A non-surgical facelift in Inland Empire can help improve your overall aesthetic. The treatment utilizes FaceTite and AccuTite without any incisions.

This non-invasive treatment can improve a variety of stress-related skin issues, including wrinkles or folds forming around your mouth and nose, loose and sagging skin around your neck, sunken cheeks, a double chin, heavy jowls, and a sagging jawline. One of the major benefits of a non-surgical facelift is that you can get back to your daily routine immediately as there isn’t a lengthy recovery time. You will also notice the results immediately.

The impact of aging can cause eyelid sagging, which can make you look tired and much older. Eyelid surgery in the Inland Empire can be paired with a non-surgical facelift to improve the look of your face. Addressing skin issues early on can help keep your skin looking tight and youthful. If you are tired of the impact that stress has had on your skin, contact the team at InFocus Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery today for a consultation.