Today’s modern lifestyle has led to a surge in skin complaints such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes, sensitivities, rosacea to name but a few. Frequent visits to your local doctor or skin specialist will have you prescribed emollients, moisturisers, steroid creams and tablets and in the more chronic cases tablets that suppress the immune system. Phototherapy, which is the use of UV light to clear the skin, is also used to treat stubborn psoriasis and eczema. However we know that UV light is known to cause cancer so dosages are controlled and kept within a maximum to try to prevent burning of the skin which can lead to the skin cancer.
Finding the right treatment for you can be time-consuming and inconvenient but for some the effort is worth it as they learn to control their condition with these daily rituals.
The question I ask is, “Is there another way?”
A growing field in medicine is Psychodermatology, which is a field that addresses the impact of an individual's emotion as it relates to the skin. Karen Mallin, a Doctor of Psychology and an instructor in the departments of psychiatry & behavioural sciences and dermatology & cutaneous surgery says “The mind and skin are connected on many different levels. A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so as emotions are played out neurologically, they can be expressed through the skin just as stress can be expressed through gastrointestinal symptoms, increased anxiety, or hypertension."
According to clinical psychologist and psychodermatology expert Dr. Ted A. Grossbart, people who visit clinicians for a skin condition often have a related psychological problem that can affect the way they respond to medical treatment.
So with this information, what are we doing about it? Well, the answer is not a lot. You see to effectively use this information within the health service we would have to complete a psychological and emotional evaluation of all the patients with presenting skin conditions and then apply a suitable therapy to help the patient. This takes time, money and resources that the health service doesn’t have.
So what are the other options?
Well you have to look at where stress and emotions come from, and that’s the subconscious mind. One such cause of skin problems are past events, whether they are remembered by our conscious mind or not, that have an effect on our present lives and if the emotion surrounding that event isn’t dealt with then it begins to fester and manifest until it’s listened to. Often we get physical manifestations of a past emotional event. An example would be Siobhan, a 30 year old woman who at the age of 6 acquired plaque psoriasis which then turned into pustular psoriasis at the age of 15. She was also suffering from OCD with intrusive thoughts. In my clinic we applied an age regression technique and found the cause of her problems. After we released this cause, we used a variety of other techniques to improve self-image and confidence, as Siobhan said “We did some exploration work on the root cause of my psoriasis and agreed with my subconscious a new way to deal with the stresses that can cause a skin flare. Whilst working on my Psoriasis Paul also helped me work through my intrusive thought OCD and even helped my spider phobia that I have had since I was a child”. Siobhan is now a confident, relaxed person who enjoys swimming which, before seeing me, was too negatively self-conscious to do.
Another example would be Darren, 26 years old, suffering with terrible eczema since his mid-teens which is when his parents split up. In my clinic we discovered that Darren was so upset at the time and this wasn’t dealt with properly so this strong emotion was trapped inside and we discovered this was the cause of his eczema. Darren’s skin is now clear.
Day to day stress at our place of work, in the home or stress that we place upon ourselves creates a build-up of a stress hormone called Cortisol. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels interfere with learning and memory, triggers skin problems, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease... The list goes on and on. In my clinic I teach people how to cope with stress so their body can return to normal functions and they can be happier with their lifestyle.
So, you CAN think your skin beautiful, you just need to speak to an expert in the workings of the subconscious mind and also one who is experienced at finding the cause of unwanted emotions and stress management. Hypnosis meets all these requirements and I’m based at clinics in London and Norwich, Norfolk.
Paul believes hypnosis is empowering and life-changing. Look around the website and get in touch should you have any queries