Overfocusing on the Skin

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    Michael Anders
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    Many individuals report that their skin issues are aggravated by stress, anxiety and modest stages of depression. This phenomenon is cited liberally throughout medical literature covering not only seborrheic dermatitis, but many other closely related skin conditions (rosacea, psoriasis, and acne) ["The role of psychological stress in skin disease." A Kimyai-Asadi, A Usman (July 9, 2001)" rel="popover" data-placement="top" role="button" data-trigger="focus" data-html="true">1].

    What’s not discussed as often, is the effect that over-focusing on your skin may have. Perhaps simply giving to much attention to your skin symptoms, may itself be perpetuating the issue at hand.

    Relevant Evidence

    Some of the more interesting findings in this area include:

    In summary, it really does seem that simply focusing on affected areas of skin may actually be the cause of worsening symptoms. And the potential mechanism behind these symptoms may be connected to increased blood flow and the accompanying increase in relative skin temperature.

    Additional Notes

    • In my experience, individuals affected by various skin issues often give far more attention to the issue then would a impartial observer
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