Have you ever tried to cover herpes on your lip with a band aid, or cover red patches on your arm with long sleeves? Yeah? Of course, you have. Do you know why? Because, skin conditions, no matter how small, are always deeper than just the skin.
Let’s talk about the relationship between skin and psychology, different emotions caused by skin conditions, and what you can do about it.
Our skin has been recognized as the ‘organ of expression’ and serves as the boundary between ourselves and the outside world.
Skin can react to a lot of different stimuli, both physiological (example: rash caused by an external substance) and psychological (example: blushing when feeling embarrassed).
If you have issues with your skin you might be feeling a loss of self-control, as well as; your condition has become ‘public property’, while many internal diseases that allow control over who knows about your condition and when.
Often when we develop severe or chronic ailment, we ask what we have done to deserve this disease which implies a sense of punishment for some kind of wrongdoing and can carry feelings of guilt. Moreover, we might think: “skin lesions are ugly, I have skin lesions, and therefore I am ugly”.
Body image is thought to be the ‘inside view’ of our own body.
There is a relationship between body satisfaction and depression, social confidence, and social evaluation anxiety.
The root causes of body image dissatisfaction?
It is the discrepancy between a person’s perceived body and their ideal body (which is represented in the media and drawn from peers and family).
A failure to match these ideals leads to self-criticism, guilt and low self-worth.
When we have skin conditions we tend to have an acute sense of awareness of our own bodies, in addition; we feel pressured to comply with social standards.
This pressure has personal and social impacts such as affecting our relationships, hobbies, quality of life and expectations.
How our body image affects our relationships
It is common for us to feel guilty for demanding more resources from our partner or to harbor fears of being rejected.
Changing the role of a lover or partner to the role of a caregiver or recipient could destroy a couple’s relationship.
Damaged skin often carries a stigma of bad hygiene with some people reacting negatively towards you because of the way you look.
As a result, you avoid certain social activities that involve exposing your lesions, like swimming, as well as that involve potential intimacy, like dating or physical affection.
Feelings of anxiety, uncertainty, and helplessness commonly accompany a diagnosis of skin condition.
Recommendations for treatment
When treating dermatology patients, their emotional well-being and quality of life should be taken into consideration then, we should approach them holistically.
3 simple ways to improve your skin
- With homeopathy, we dig deeper than the physical complaint in the first place. Uniquely when we reach the root cause, the result of the remedy is stunning. The beauty of homeopathic remedies is that they don’t interfere with other modes of treatments. And it is natural.
I have seen very good and promising results with skin problem clients regarding their skin and their emotional state.
- Homeopathy has many remedies that work on depression and anxiety with great success on short and long terms.
with different blends help relaxation and mood changes.
Essential oil blends work well for skin conditions as well and help maintain a healthy skin and soothe the flares of eczema and inflammations. These blends and remedies have helped my clients and have had great results!
- Essential oil blends for mood
2 drops Vetiver E.O
3 drops Lavender E.O
3 drops Geranium E.O
Use them with diffuser
- Essential oil blend for inflamed skin
7 drops Tea tree E.O
3 drops Rosewood E.O
5 drops Geranium E.O
12 ml jojoba oil
Massage 2 drops of the blend on your skin morning and evening.
Here are few simple things you can do:
- Drink water: Hydration improves the skin and brain function as well and helps elimination of toxins
- Have ½ lemon juice in cup of water in the morning to cleanse your body and fights inflammation
- Be sure to have good fats as avocado and seeds. They contain essential fatty acids which improve the brain and skin
- Eat a lot of vegetables (rich in vitamins and minerals) to boost your skin health
- Nuts, seeds and dark chocolate contain magnesium t improve your mood.
Have you given Homeopathy or Essential oils a try? What’s holding you back? Ask me.