College Students Stress Impacts Their Skin

College Students Stress Impacts Their Skin

A recent study conducted by the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University has recently released a study supporting the idea that the higher stress a college student undergoes, the more likely they will have skin related issues. The study consisted of 422 students who were divided into low, moderate, or high stress groups. The high stress level students showed significantly more issues with oily, waxy, or flaky patches on the scalp; troublesome sweating (hyperhidrosis); scaly skin; nail biting (onychophagia); itchy rashes on hands; and hair pulling (trichotillomania) than their counterparts. Pruritis and alopecia and were two other symptoms that the study measured, but their effects could be caused by other factors besides stress. For example, Pruritis is more of an umbrella term, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), that includes certain types of eczema, dermatitis, histamine (which occurs during an allergic response), and is often worsened in dry or hot conditions, skin vasodilation, and possibly psychologic stressors. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) alopecia is usually caused by hereditary factors or may be affected by environmental factors like lack of nutrients or medications used for depression or hormonal imbalances. In light of the fact that the study was limited, due to the low response rate and lack of physical assessment of respondents the corresponding author, chair of Temple University’s LKSOM dermatology department, and director of the Temple Itch Center still believed the study’s findings were significant. Dr. Gil Yosopovitch stated, “Our findings highlight the need for health care/dermatology providers to ask these patients about their perceived levels of psychological stress. Disease flare or exacerbation while on treatment in the setting of increased stress may not necessarily reflect treatment failure.” However, Dr. Wolfe, of Dermatology Associates of Plymouth Meeting, believes that scratch leads to itch. Simply, the more you scratch, the more you will itch. He also makes a good point when explaining that, “…in college, the heating units are usually forced air, which are extraordinarily drying,” he adds, “Keep the air humidified in the room if itch is an issue.”

By | 2018-11-22T06:27:21+00:00 January 16th, 2016|Skin Care|0 Comments

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