Mental Health and Skin Care

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People are often quick to blame external forces for skin troubles; harmful UV rays from the sun, pollution and wind are all at the forefront of the blame game when blemishes or spots appear. Interestingly, a new approach shifts the focus inwards and examines how emotions can impact the skin’s appearance (, 21 August 2017).

Psychodermatology seeks to study the relationship between dermatological issues and emotions. A great deal of this research focuses on understanding the emotional influences that contribute to flare-ups of psoriasis, a condition that occurs as a result of dead skin cell buildup. Psoriasis causes dry, itchy, and scaly patches.

The proposed benefit of psychodermatology is that it offers a scientific basis for understanding how the mind can affect the skin. This means that people hoping to find the root of their skin ailments can pinpoint moments of stress, social anxiety or depression.

With the line between health and beauty blurring, many consumers may seek to implement cognitive behavioral therapy and mental imagery activities into their beauty routines.