Mental Awareness - How much does your mental state affect your skin? P - Lumoir

Mental Awareness - How much does your mental state affect your skin? PART 1

Your mental state can affect you in so many areas of life, but something you may not realize is how much it can actually affect your skin. Our skin is a constant communicator that often reveals our body’s turmoils, whether it’s emotions, gut health, etc. Our faces turn pink with embarrassment or white with fear, our complexions can feel aged and dry during difficult times are just some examples. 

The field of psychodermatology breaks up disorders into three general and sometimes overlapping categories:

  1. Psychophysiological: how our mind affects our skin. These disorders, such as acne, psoriasis and eczema, are associated with skin problems that are not directly connected to the mind but that react to emotional states like stress. 
  1. Secondary Psychiatric: how our skin affects mood. Conditions that are cosmetically disfiguring like psoriasis or severe acne can result in psychological problems, such as decreased self-esteem or depression. 
  1. Primary Psychiatric: how our mood affects our skin. Skin disorders in this category like chronic hair pulling or self-inflicted damage to the skin are symptoms of an underlying psychiatric disorder.

Not everyone reacts the same way to having a skin problem or to emotional stresses, but many are seeing the strength in creating a treatment plan that not only addresses skin issues, but also mental health.

In the next part, we’ll look at some strategies to consider to help ease anxiety and depression.