The Mind And Skin

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It is now known 90% of skin diseases are mind related either directly or indirectly. This is due to the fact that the skin and nervous system emerge from the same ectoderm during embryogenesis.

Skin is the largest organ of our body and which mainly performs the protective function. It is a sensitive organ innervated with thousands of nerve endings. It reacts to any change in the mental state very aggressively. If you are angry, your skin flushes red in rage. Acne flashes high in adolescence with stress. This is due to increased production of cortisol.

There has been a long saying that “face is the index of mind”. The reason behind mentioning face only is facial skin is visible to everyone all time. So from age unknown we know this connection but yet to be explored fully.

The skin diseases related to mind are classified into three broad categories.

  • Skin diseases of purely psychic origin

  • Skin diseases aggravated by psychic disturbances

  • Skin diseases with overlying mental disturbances

Purely psychic dermatoses

  • Trichotillomania

  • Acarophobia

  • Neurotic excoriations

  • Psychic pruritis, etc

These are mainly due to mental disturbances. Self mutilation of skin is also a part of this. The disease is cured if the underlying cause in nervous system is treated

Dermatoses with large psychogenic factor

  • Vitiligo

  • Alopecia areata

  • Psoriasis

  • Pruritis ani

  • Acne vulgaris, etc

Here already present disease is aggravated by mental changes. Treatment should be given for both mind and skin conditions. Yoga is best advised for these patients.

Dermatoses overlying mental disease

Eczema is the perfect example for this.

Ancient Indians have assigned the same god moon for maintaining mental balance and skin beauty. So be mentally happy and fresh and have an everlasting glow in your skin.


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