psoriasis and mental health
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The Emotional Impact Of Skin Conditions

Psoriasis And Acne Impact More Than Your Skin

Struggling with bad skin? Skin problems like acne, oily skin, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis can make you unhappy and stressed. It’s no secret, that your physical appearance affects many aspects of your life- from job opportunities to relationships. We are taught to love the skin we’re in, but what if that skin is covered in bumps, boils, scales and inflammation? The impacts of skin conditions like psoriasis or acne are much more than skin-deep.

You body image counts for more than quarter of your self esteem. Source. So when you’re uncomfortable in your own skin, it can really bring you down. And it doesn’t help that most people judge you first, by your physical appearance. Skin conditions can affect job opportunities, relationships and more. Severe acne or psoriasis symptoms can make you want to withdrawal, feeling unwanted, ashamed and frustrated.

The effects of acne can often linger for years, through both physical scars and emotional wounds.

Ever Feel Like Your Skin Is Working Against You?

Psoriasis and eczema can make you feel stressed out, and stress can often trigger flare ups. It’s a vicious cycle.

A report on found that skin conditions are a major cause of depression. Did you know that if you suffer from psoriasis, you’re 3-4 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts? Studies also show that if you live with psoriasis, you are 39 percent more likely to have depression and 31 percent more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety. Acne, rosacea, eczema are all linked to higher risk of depression and anxiety. Ironically, stress can often trigger these skin conditions and make them worse.
Not all of us are comfortable in the skin we are in:( Some of us have scales, boils, pimples, grease, and rashes that scratch away at our self-confidence.

What Is Psoriasis?

What is psoriasis? Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin by speeding up the life cycle of the cells. This leads to a build up of cells on top of your skin, resulting in scales and red patches that are itchy and can be quite painful. Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes throughout your life. It’s basically like a ticking time bomb, that can blow up from stress, certain foods and environmental triggers! It’s also often hereditary. Source.

Not just a physical disease, psoriasis can also have major impacts on your mental health. Source. If you’ve ever been to a pool with visible psoriasis patches, than you know how it can impact your self-esteem. People stare, some people even act scared like you have an infectious, contagious disease. That can take a real toll on how you feel about yourself. It’s uncontrollable and absolutely not contagious.

Who Gets Psoriasis?

Among the 7.5 million Americans affected by psoriasis are celebrities Kim Kardashian and LeeAnn Rimes. I too have psoriasis. It usually starts in early adulthood and stress can often trigger flare ups. Psoriasis can affect nearly any area of the body, including the face, which can be most upsetting.

Living With Psoriasis

Psoriasis runs in my family, so growing up I saw how it affected my mother and brother. I was super stressed that I would suffer the same itchy, scaly fate. I saw how it made them look, feel, and how painful and itchy it was. So, when I discovered my first patch in my early 20s, I was devastated.

I am so thankful that I’ve never had a huge flare up, but even a mild case of psoriasis affects how I feel about myself.

Found A Cream That Worked For My Psoriasis

I used prescription cortisone, coal tar and ice to provide itch relief, but nothing got rid of the scaly, red patches for good. Until now! I stumbled across this simple cream that has literally cleared my psoriasis and it hasn’t come back! This has never happened in my over 10 years of suffering. Ever!

One day, my back was soooo itchy and red and we were going swimming. I wore a tank top to try and cover it at the pool but the itch was still there. I was all out of cortisone creams, and desperate for relief so I grabbed some Tiger Grass cream I had by Dr. Jart! The cream is for itch and irritation so at the very least I expected a little temporary itch-relief. To my surprise, it soothed my back in a way that no other cream had done before. I woke up, and the patches were still there and a little itchy so I put more cream on and continued applying a few times a day. I don’t want to claim that this is a cure, but it was a miracle for me. If it can help just one other sufferer, I felt like I needed to share!

dr jart tiger grass cream
I’ve had this tube for over a year so excuse how beat up it looks.


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