Experts reveal the toll worry takes on your complexion—and some ways you can keep the damage in check during anxiety-ridden times.

You have dry, red and flaky skin—and not just in winter.
A recent study found that high levels of anxiety could deplete your skin’s natural moisture reserves. “It can suppress hyaluronic acid production, which causes dryness and dullness,” says Jamal, not to mention that stress and anxiety can also exacerbate conditions like eczema. If you already have sensitive skin, “this increased water loss over time can also make your skin more prone to having a red, chapped appearance,” says Washington, D.C. dermatologist Noëlle S. Sherber, MD. Applying super-emollient creams with hyaluronic acid and ceramides can help offset the effects.

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