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.