Anti aging skin care products focus on treating the physical and environmental factors of aging such as photo aging, environmental irritants and mechanical damage. There is no magic skin care product that can target the skin-mind connection. There is however, a new branch of dermatology that is looking at the best skin care and mental wellbeing.
Be blushing… flushed… stressing out and have rashes… aging skin… and pimples! Feeling sweaty… scared… pale… sick… angry… inflamed…
What if the best skin care, was wellbeing?
There is a lot that has to be said for the power of the mind. It performs complex functions subconsciously every second, and when we put our minds to it, we can imagine more than the world, to solving complex real world problems. The mind is also a source of a great deal of anxiety, stress, anger and sadness for many people. With a single message, it can flip your day on its head.
There are some out there who master the art of meditation through thousands of hours of practice, and these passing thoughts may impede less on the wellbeing of these individuals. Cancer patients are encouraged to actively imagine their immune system fighting and winning against cancer cells, with great results. When we put our own mind into gear over matter, we can all accomplish great things. Then, it would make sense that the best skin care is wellbeing.
What is psychodermatology?
Psychodermatology is a relatively new field that combines the study of the mind with the study of the skin. The skin is more than just a barrier between you and the environment: it is an external communication of how you are feeling, based on physical and psychological influences. The skin is a dynamic organ able to respond to you and the outside world: it is the meeting point of the immune, nervous and endocrine systems. This unique ability is thought to be a contributing reason to troubling skin conditions such as aging skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
Psychodermatology identifies there are three types of skin conditions that have a psychological factor:
- Psychophysiologic: skin conditions that are emotion controlled
- Primary psychiatric disorders
- Secondary psychiatric disorders
Emotionally controlled skin disorders are the primary focus of psychodermatology. Emotional factors such as stress are key in considering the best skin care for patients of psychodermatology. The best skin care treatments are ones that heal both the body and the mind.
Why does this impact anti aging skin treatments?
The appearance of aging skin is caused by different skin conditions such as wrinkles, dryness, poor skin texture and hyperpigmentation. Skin is conditions by natural and environmental aging effects, such as photodamage, lipid layer breakdown and mechanical wear.
Chronic psychological stress has been linked with disease and aging. Stress hormone release (cortisol) causing a type of skin inflammation response called neurogenic inflammation. If not controlled, inflammation can damage the lipid layer of skin and the immune response of skin, leading to premature aging signs such as pigmentation, uneven skin texture, dryness and wrinkles. By addressing psychological factors for patients, such as stress, we can reduce the risk of premature aging in combination with the best skin care products and treatments.
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