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Many of us are burdened with stress for different reasons in our daily working lives. Stress poses a threat to our skin in addition to the known general health problems, and it is possible to reverse these effects with collagen. This article will help you to understand how stress negatively affects collagen production in our body. 

Skin Is an Organ 

The skin is the largest organ of the human body and plays a main role in preserving homeostasis and protection. As the key element of skin, collagen plays a key part in providing integrity and elasticity to the skin. Numerous reasons, including autoimmune disease, ageing, and stress, can change the quantity and integrity of skin collagen. These factors harm collagen quality and subsequently affect skin function. Stress affects the integrity of skin collagen through glucocorticoid-mediated processes that alter its synthesis and degradation. Glucocorticoids (GC) also affect skin quality through immune system modulation.  


Stress Makes the Skin Thinner 

Excess GC results in several adversative effects. Skin tissue is greatly affected by stress and excess GC, which can lead to skin thinness. Excess GC can also hinder healing and quicken the ageing process. As collagen is a major component of the skin, it is well-accepted that GC can affect its synthesis. 

There is a great indication that collagen is vital for sustaining the homeostasis of the skin. The events that occur during the formation of collagen throughout the lifespan of humans and other animals can be affected by endogenous and exogenous factors. Stress significantly affects this balance, inhibiting the production or promoting the degradation of dermal collagen. 


1. V. Kahan, M.L. Andersen, J. Tomimori, S. Tufik.; Stress, immunity, and skin collagen integrity: Evidence from animal models and clinical condi ons. Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity 23 (2009) 1089–1095


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