Skin Conditions and Meditation: It’s All in the Mind

After consulting with numerous skin specialists and spending thousands of dollars, people suffering from certain skin conditions may finally get some relief in the form of meditation. There’s no harm in trying it out if you have tried every skin product and every home remedy, and still no positive results. Meditation may work or may not work for your particular type of skin condition, but making it a daily routine will certainly improve your mind, body and general well-being.

Meditation is Good for the Skin Too

A new study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, found that relaxation techniques, meditation and cognitive therapy bring relief to severe skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and vitiligo. It proves that the nascent field of psychodermatology offers real benefits. Managing the underlying causes of skin conditions, such as distress, trauma and stressful situations, in combination with treating the symptomatic problems of the skin disease is an effective cure.

Psychodermatology – When Mind and Skin Interact

A subspeciality of dermatology, Psychodermatology is focused on treating skin disorders using psychological and psychiatric techniques. It tackles stress-induced skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, warts, rosacea and acne; dermatologic disorders stemming from psychiatric problems like compulsive skin picking and hair pulling; and the psychological effects on people suffering from alopecia, vitiligo and other severe skin conditions.

It has been widely accepted that skin conditions get worse when people experience stress. Being under constant stress makes the skin lose its ability to act as a protection, resulting in dehydration, reduced resistance to pollutants and allergens, and skin sensitivity. Through Psychodermatology, people learn to relieve stress and better manage the symptoms of their skin condition.

Tips to Manage Symptoms and Prevent Flare-ups

Take care of yourself. This means making sure to get a good night’s sleep, exercising, eating healthily and doing some fun activities. People who are stressed often neglect to do one or two of these basic self-care routines, thus compromising their health.

Practice meditation and/or progressive relaxation. Meditation has been scientifically proven to relieve stress. If you have a constantly wandering mind, try progressive relaxation. This technique involves tensing and releasing muscle groups starting from the toes all the way up to the top of the head.

Imagine yourself in a place where you are happy and feel safe such as looking at the sunrise or sunset. Visualise your “happy” image and experience it through all the different senses of the body.

You can also find relief from stress through yoga. Book a class and learn the poses that help relieve stress, how to do focused breathing and practice mindful silence.



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