Mental health and skin conditions

Mental health and skin conditions

Our skin often reflects our inner health and wellbeing, but did you know it can also reflect our mental state?

The British Skin Foundation reports that in the UK 60% of people are living with a skin condition currently or have previously. As a result, many experience issues with self-perception, confidence, and with their overall mental health.

In this blog, we’ll explore the link between mental health and skin conditions, and the treatments available to those who are suffering.

How skin conditions impact mental health

Our skin is not just the body’s largest organ; it’s a significant aspect of our overall appearance.

When skin conditions like acne, eczema, or psoriasis flare up, they do more than just affect how we look – they can deeply impact our mental wellbeing.

Living with persistent redness, itching, or unsightly blemishes can take a toll on our health and confidence, leading to feelings of embarrassment, isolation, or even depression. Managing the daily discomfort of skin conditions can make it hard to focus on other aspects of life.

It’s important to recognise that our mental health and skin health are intertwined, and caring for one often means tending to the other.

One in five people are unhappy with their skin and appearance

A study by the British Skin Foundation in 2021 involving over 200 participants revealed how significant a skin condition is to overall happiness. It found that one out of every five people were unhappy with how they looked. Furthermore, four out of every five people reported that their appearance directly influenced their overall wellbeing.

The study also found that over half (53%) of those who had some form of skin condition felt they faced judgement from others. These figures highlight the importance of addressing skin concerns, not only for physical health but for emotional wellbeing too.

Over a third (35%) of those surveyed said that their skin condition affected their mental health. But, less than half would book an appointment with a GP, with over half (62%) not believing that their condition was ‘serious enough’.

A staggering 92% of respondents also felt there is a need for increased research into all types of skin conditions.

Seeking treatment for skin conditions

If you are struggling with a skin disease, remember you’re not alone, and help is available. With guidance from a skin expert, you can discover effective treatment options that will help you to manage your condition.

Make the first step to overcoming your skin condition by scheduling an appointment with Consultant Dermatologist Dr Juliet Williams. Her warm and compassionate approach ensures every patient receives a supportive and tailored treatment plan, designed to address their individual needs. She treats adults and children with a range of dermatological conditions including acne, rashes, skin lesions, eczema and psoriasis.

If you also find your skin condition is affecting your mental health, don’t be afraid to seek therapy to help you deal with the emotional symptoms.