Are skin problems affecting your mental health?

People with skin problems are at high risk of developing psychological problems, and they can linger even after the skin gets better. The psyche-skin conversation goes both ways. Just as signals of psychological and emotional stress can lead to skin disorders, skin disorders often lead to psychological distress.

People with conditions such as acne, eczema, and rosacea frequently face psychological challenges which, in turn, impact their social functioning and the kind of life that they lead. Patients may experience fearful anticipation of interaction with others, even when symptoms are not present. This may prevent them from partaking fully, or at all, in social and recreational activities or employment. Ultimately, visible symptoms may change how people see themselves and how they perceive their future.

A recent survey found that more than half of people (51%) feel their skin problem holds them back from living life to the full, with 13% even going so far as to say it makes them reclusive.
The good news is that successful treatment which improves the patient’s symptoms and changes their physical appearance can lead to improvement in psychological symptoms and a better quality of life.

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