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Is My Stress Affecting My Skin Health?

The prevalence of anxiety and stress is on the rise, affecting more and more individuals. In fact, more than 3/4 of adults report symptoms of stress, including headache, tiredness, or sleeping problems (American Psychological Association, 2019). These symptoms induced by stress may seem commonplace- as if they are just a natural part of everyday adult life. It's important not to overlook these issues, as chronic stress can contribute to various health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety disorders, and gastrointestinal disorders.


Psychological factors can also significantly impact dermatological conditions. The relationship between psychological and dermatological problems is complex and bidirectional. Psychological factors can influence the onset, course, and severity of dermatological conditions, while dermatological conditions can also impact a person's psychological well-being.


We have put together a few examples of how psychological and dermatological problems affect your overall health and well-being, and some holistic approaches to improve your quality of life:


  1. Psychological Factors Influencing Dermatological Conditions:

  • Stress: High levels of stress can exacerbate dermatological conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

  • Anxiety and Depression: Psychological disorders like anxiety and depression can contribute to the onset or worsening of skin conditions through hormonal changes, immune system dysregulation, and unhealthy coping behaviors like scratching or picking at the skin.

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors: Conditions like dermatillomania (skin picking disorder) and trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) are examples of how psychological factors can directly impact skin health.

  1. Dermatological Conditions Impacting Psychological Well-being:

  • Visible Symptoms: Skin conditions that are visible to others may lead to embarrassment, shame, and social withdrawal.

  • Itch and Pain: Persistent itching and pain associated with dermatological conditions can significantly impact one's quality of life, leading to sleep disturbances, irritability, and psychological distress.

  • Chronicity: Long-term or chronic skin conditions can contribute to feelings of hopelessness, frustration, and depression.

  • Impact on Daily Functioning: Severe skin conditions may interfere with daily activities, work, and relationships, leading to increased stress and psychological strain.

  1. Treatment Approaches:

  • Integrated Care: Effective management of dermatological conditions often requires a multidisciplinary approach that addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of the condition. This may involve collaboration between dermatologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other healthcare providers.

  • Psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other forms of psychotherapy can help individuals cope with the psychological impact of dermatological conditions and develop healthier coping strategies.


The relationship between psychological and dermatological problems underscores the importance of holistic care that considers the interconnectedness of physical and mental health. Addressing both aspects can lead to better outcomes and improved quality of life for individuals affected by these conditions.


Integrative Esthetics was founded on the principle that effectively managing your skin starts with an awareness of your physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences. The estheticians at Integrative Esthetics strives to benefits your whole being during your

treatment - focusing on mind, body and spirit.


Contact us today to learn more about our holistic approach to skin care:


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