Do you try skin problems with psychology?

Written by: Dra. Marta García Bustinduy
Edited by: Roser Bernés Ubasos


Mind and skin are closely related. Diseases like eczema, vitiligo, acne or psoriasis greatly alter the quality of life of those who suffer. The personal, social relationships at work are more difficult for these patients. The dermatologist only cares about the disease itself, and its skin symptoms, the possibility of addressing comprehensively lost the person who suffers. The psychodermatology answers the problems together, understanding connections, all aspects of the patient's life affect disease. There may be increased levels of anxiety and depression and this hinders the treatment and the good evolution of the lesions.

On the other hand, stress that we are immersed, it produces the appearance or worsens many skin diseases. The psychodermatology supposed to listen to the patient to detect these problems and try to treat not only intended to cure the disease itself, but tries to help the patient recognize what factors of your life affect your condition for possible triggers in the different aspects of everyday life. Often, by simply recognizing the influence that the nervous system has the disease, some relaxation is already produced and this leads to greater acceptance and better compliance with treatment. Sometimes the support of psychologists or psychiatrists is necessary, however, at other times simply find a gym, a walk or a relaxation method daily to help greater personal stability.

When the specialist in dermatology is open to the conversation, try to be empathetic and try to understand and to understand the triggers, it helps the patient.

On the other hand, some mental illnesses manifest in itchy skin, wounds or scratching or washing tendency to overreact. This causes skin lesions that can be difficult to recognize by the dermatologist and the patient's own. These problems are also studied in psychodermatology.

The most important thing is that both doctor and patient are able to recognize the close relationship mind-skin, keep an open conversation and try to address skin diseases under the environment of life.


Edited by Roser Berner Ubasos.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Marta García Bustinduy

Prestigious specialist in dermatology, Dr.. García Bustinduy a degree and PhD in Medicine and Surgery, both degrees granted by the University of La Laguna. She combines her clinical work with teaching, being professor of Dermatology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of La Laguna. It also contributes to the dissemination of knowledge being the author of fifty articles published in international journals and more than 100 national publications. Today is professional in the Center for Research and Therapeutic Dermatology in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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