The affect of stress on your face

Does stress cause wrinkles?

I’d pondered this question a very long time. Stress in inevitable in modern times, where most of us are continually tethered to our email and phones. Is it a good thing? No, but we also know that it, for better or worse, is the reality.

Many of us can remember how former President Bill Clinton looked when he took office.

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And after the many scandals and two terms…

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You might be thinking to yourself, well yeah, he was the president, under a lot of stress, much of which he himself caused, of course he aged a lot.

True, but what about us, the “regular people”? Does stress age us and cause wrinkles?

The answer seems fairly obvious, YES, but today I went in search of some proof.

Here is an article from Psychology Today, published two years ago, that says the jury is really out as to whether there’s a correlation. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/face-it/201203/does-stress-cause-wrinkles-and-gray-hair-fact-or-fiction

From the Huffington Post last year, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/stress-aging-process_n_3047000.html. This study says that yes, of course, stress causing aging.

Lastly from Slate.com, http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/explainer/2013/01/obama_appearance_inauguration_does_stress_make_presidents_age_faster.html. This article again discusses presidents, and there is no definitive answer.

Does stress cause wrinkles? Does stress make wrinkles worse? What do you think? Leave a comment below and join in the discussion!

 

 

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