Does Stress Cause a Different Type of Skin Damage?

Stress is often blamed for wrinkles, dark shadows, and tired-looking skin. But a new study suggests that psychological stress make actually impair our skin’s ability to resist infectious germs. The skin is the first line of defense for our bodies against bacteria and viruses. It’s a naturally antimicrobial surface. When researchers reporting in the Journal of Clinical Investigation exposed mice to severe psychological stress and subsequent streptococcus, the mice developed worse infections and had higher stress hormone measures than mice who were not exposed to any stress. Though it’s only a murine study, it’s worth noting!

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  1. The selected pictures and captions, in not only this specific article, but in the vast majority of articles are almost always cogent and witty.

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  2. This makes sense but just adds to what we know about stress and immune impairment. I don’t see how this is specific to the skin. Of course you will not be able to fight infection if your immune system is impaired. Why torture more mice for this.
    Uninspired science.