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Rick Fried, MD, added that stress, anxiety, depression and other problems affected some conditions more than others. However, that is still pulling from an extensive list. He stated, “The common dermatological issues that have been documented to be made worse by stress include acne, rosacea, psoriasis, itching, eczema, pain and hives, just to name a few,”
The findings have led for a push to advance psychodermatology in the United States. It’s already caught on in Europe, but has yet to gain wider acceptance stateside. However, more professionals in the psychological field are taking notice how emotions are surfacing on the skin.
“The skin is the most noticeable part of our body that could be impacted by psychological factors,” Kristina G. Gorbatenko-Roth, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, told the APA in a new study. “It’s classic health psychology, just in a different area.”
Kristina became interested in the link between psychology and dermatology after she developed alopecia areata and began losing her hair. She was intrigued to find out many people who suffer from the condition also deal with depression and anxiety and handful other common psychological.
Although the findings have been interesting, Rick said it’s not a perfect science.
“We can never presume that the so-called objective severity of a dermatological disorder correlates with the psychological impact,” says Fried. “I’ve see people who have nodulocystic acne who aren’t happy but really aren’t psychologically distraught; I’ve also seen patients with one zit on their chin who have attempted suicide.”