If you’ve ever suspected that your skin or hair reflects the stress you’re going through, you could be on to something. MSNBC recently shed light on an emerging medical trend: psychodermatology.
A growing number of dermatologists have come to realize that their patients’ stress or depression is capable of not only upsetting their skin and hair (inflaming conditions like acne and psoriasis, and amplifying hair loss), it can even lessen the effects of prescribed treatments. “Emotional stressors can keep the best skin medicine in the world from working,” said Dr. Ted Grossbart, a Harvard assistant psychology professor and author of Skin Deep: A New Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin.
Studies have shown that practices like hypnosis, relaxation tapes, therapy, antidepressants and biofeedback have reversed skin flare-ups and even grown back hair in alopecia patients.
So, if you feel like you’ve tried just about everything to improve upon your skin or hair woes, it may be time to look beneath the surface for a solution.
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