Importance of good mental health–2: Beautiful skin

Importance of good mental health–2: Beautiful skin

A healthy skin is an indication of a healthy body that results from an adequate and nutritional diet and proper brain functioning. But scientists also stress on the effects of good mental health on skin quality. While many kinds of mental health problems are known to co-occur with physical diseases, a study titled “Chronology of Onset of Mental Disorders and Physical Diseases in Mental-Physical Comorbidity – A National Representative Survey of Adolescents” suggested how extreme anxiousness can manifest itself in the form of skin disorders.

In the study carried out on 6,483 American adolescents aged between 13 and 18 years that got published online in the journal PLOS in October 2016, the scientists suggested how mental disorders precede the onset of physical health problems. The fact that stress, a common psychological problem, can lead to a number of health problems has been already emphasized upon by various scientists before.

Elucidating on how emotional disorders can affect the quality of skin, Dr. Adam Friedman, director of dermatologic research at Montefiore Medical Center in New York said, “The skin and the central nervous system are intertwined. Therefore, it is not surprising that almost any and all skin diseases can be impacted by changes in the nervous system.” This supports the theory about stress leaving a mark due to production of more skin sebum that can cause clogging of pores and worse form of acne. Continued stress can also aggravate body inflammation that can deteriorate eczema, a chronic and critical condition of the skin. Stress can also activate cold sores on and around the lips. Feelings of extreme nervousness, depression and strain can also result in many other kinds of skin disorders including rosacea, psoriasis, alopecia and vitiligo.

Psychodermatology aims to eliminate skin problems by focusing on mental problems

An old study titled “Nonpharmacologic management of psychodermatologic conditions” suggested how treatment methods like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and meditation to treat psychological disorders can be used to treat dermatological conditions as well. The American Psychological Association (APA) discussed the same and informed how an upcoming field of medical science called as psychodermatology can help to understand the relationship between mental health and skin quality.

Elaborating on how treating mental illness can impact the skin, Kristina G. Gorbatenko-Roth, a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout iterated that the skin is the most noticeable part of our body that could be affected by various psychological factors. Unfortunately, not many psychologists are studying it.

Non-pharmacological options to cure psychodermatologic health conditions include use of all kinds of available interventions and innovative procedures that can help improve skin disorders, alleviate levels of mental distress and helping the affected ones to live their daily lives hassle-free.

Choosing the right kind of recovery

Seeking appointments from beauticians or dermatologists for treatment of skin problems may not be enough to get rid of the problem. The fact that skin may be affected due to emotional or mental illnesses should be given due consideration. While a wholesome diet and daily exercise can help people continue to look young, seeking medical intervention for any kind of unwarranted stress or tension can help one to have a glowing skin that lasts for years.

If you know someone suffering from any mental disorder, contact the Florida Mental Health Helpline for information on various options in mental disorder treatment in Florida. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-846-5588 for expert advice on rehab centers in Florida or chat with our online representatives to know more about treatments for mental health disorders in Florida.

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