You probably experience some degree of self consciousness.
You may dress in a way that helps you to cover up your skin condition (if you can). Sometimes, you may even cancel certain events that either coincide with a flare up or require you to show parts of your body that are affected. Certain clothes, sports events and even locker rooms can be very threatening.
It’s a nightmare when you get a flare up on a big social event – a wedding, a big day out or a holiday. A date with the new guy or girl makes you very conscious.
Skin problems can be unpleasant if they have been going on for a short while and if it has been longer you may feel really limited.
The paradox here is that often stress and anxiety can fuel a skin problem flare up. This in turn leads to more anxiety and stress and so a nasty downward spiral can begin. I have seen people with agoraphobia – really paralysed with a fear about entering outside - originally set in place by their skin condition.
The skin is the largest organ in the body. The skin often indicates the health of the individual. Long periods of biological stress; poor or inappropriate eating, smoking, drinking, certain medications and recreational substances can all show quite quickly on your skin if it is sensitive. Emotional troughs also produce a toxic effect in the body and reduce immune function; this too can have a detrimental effect. You may notice that around menstrual cycles your skin has a mind of its own.
Acne often emerges in adolescence and can continue into adulthood. It is caused by an over production of protective oil from the skin, leading to eruptions and soreness.
In more severe cases it can effect social interaction and self esteem. Acne Rosacea can look similar to Acne Vulgaris - but usually appears in adults. It can be accompanied by flushing or blood vessel enlargement.
Psoriasis affects up to 3% of the population. It manifests as red, scaly and sometime bleeding patches of skin. This usually occurs in some kind of cycle. Sufferers may have sleep difficulties or have particular clothing that is uncomfortable.
The psoriasis may restrict certain activities that you enjoy and in more extreme cases may cause self consciousness. Sometimes the treatments for psoriasis are quite serious - employing steroids that may have adverse effects.
Eczema is a very common condition that may manifest in a number of ways. It can range from the dry/wet cycle type to contact with a particular irritant type, to infant eczema. Eczema may just be a nuisance or become chronic and debilitating over prolonged periods. Often it can affect sleep, self consciousness (gym and school changing rooms) and begin to have an impact on self-esteem
Warts are caused by a virus. This virus can be transmitted relatively easily. Warts come in all shapes and sizes - they are happy on your feet, neck or face and sometimes other places.
The conventional treatment for warts can be arduous and requires consistent application of certain agents (or freezing compounds) for long periods of time. Some of these agents are uncomfortable and toxic.
How Hypnotherapy helps
It is all about balance – externally and internally.
We will take a holistic look at your lifestyle – it is likely you already have some ideas about foods, cosmetics and toiletries. We will also look at emotional well being, stress management, self esteem and personal boundaries. Work on the emotional level can reduce periodic dips in mood and balance the skin and overall wellbeing. Boosting the immune system with regular self induced relaxation can really have an impact on problem skin. We will find the right programme to compliment your other strategies.
You don’t have to 'just live with it!'
See How Hypnotherapy Works for a jargon free explanation of this process.
Hypnotherapy can put a request to the unconscious to slow down the cycles that produce psoriasis, promote healing and reduce itching. Hypnotherapy can also assist sleep and desensitise you to any sources of the inflammation. Often relaxation and gaining control over one's life helps with skin disorders of this type.
Certain techniques can be employed to promote healing, slow down cycles of wet/dry patches, reduce sensitivity to stimuli and increase self-esteem.
Certain techniques can be employed to begin to moderate the production of oil. We can work on improving self esteem and techniques to promote healing and reduce swelling.