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Don't Let Your Skin Become Your Mind's Biggest Enemy

atiqahzaki
June 16, 2021
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Your skin is the first thing people see when they look at you. It dictates others’ first impressions and sometimes colours them in a negative light. We understand that many of you have to deal with the stigma of your skin conditions, that comes with being judged by others; just remember that it is not your fault! You should not let your skin condition define you.

In this article, we will briefly cover the relationship between skin conditions and mental health, as well as some helpful coping mechanisms.



How the skin can impact your mental health

The impact of skin disease on an individual can be far-reaching, affecting many aspects of their life. Generally speaking, there is a stigma associated with visible skin disorders like eczema or acne. Unfortunately, many people go through this every day, which can be very challenging!

According to one study, 26% of patients with skin conditions reported that someone tried to touch them to explore their skin irregularities.

The most prevalent mental disorders seen with skin conditions are depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), body dysmorphia, delusional disorders, somatoform disorder,

To cope with this situation, here are some helpful tips:

  • Join support groups with people who are dealing with the same issue
  • Try consulting with a certified therapist
  • Speak with a loved one and share your worries, fears, and emotions
  • Learn to love yourself the way you are; do not let your condition define you!
  • Focus on other aspects of your life; things you appreciate and goals you aspire to achieve
  • Embrace your condition and educate yourself about it

Takeaway message

We hope that this article managed to shed some light on the under-discussed topic of skin conditions and mental health.

At the end of the day, if you are still struggling with your mental health, make an appointment with your GP. They can suggest some treatment options, like therapy or medication, that could help your mood. You don’t have to live your life suffering in silence!

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I have had eczema my whole life - atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema. It is frustrating most of the time but I have been able to manage my flare ups thanks to recommendations from my friends with eczema. I'm here to help others like me get better too!

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