The social-psychological effects of living with skin conditions such as acne
Skin conditions don’t just impact a person physically – there are also psychological effects to living with conditions such as acne. A 2011 study, conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists, found 85% of those suffering from a skin condition (such as acne, eczema or psoriasis) also suffer from psychological effects. The psychological-social effects include low self-esteem, isolation and depression, and even suicide. Skin issues can also promote stress, which can further acerbate the condition.
It is for these reasons the British Association of Dermatologists state “psychological and self-help interventions can be crucial not only for easing mental distress but also for improving many of the physical symptoms of the skin disorder.”
The recently launched Skin Support website (which is funded by the Department of Health) can provide online psychological support for those living with skin conditions.
Please call the clinic on 0161 839 7663 for further information on the treatment of skin conditions, and to make an appointment for a skin consultation.