The impact of your skin condition 

The impact of living with a skin condition can vary from person to person, and isn’t necessarily linked to the severity of the disease. It is common for people to find skin conditions hard to live with, both in terms of managing the condition and coping with the emotional impact.

The link between the mind and the body

Our physical health and our emotional well-being are closely linked. It’s no surprise that the potential difficulties of living with a skin condition can take a toll on your state of mind. What is less understood is that stress, anxiety and emotional distress can manifest themselves on the skin, and can aggravate an existing condition. However, you might have experienced this yourself – perhaps you have seen a flare up of your skin condition during a particularly stressful time for instance.

Coping with the physical aspects of a skin condition

Key to coping with the physical symptoms of a skin condition is understanding the condition and how to manage this. Much of this you should learn from your doctors, who should explain the condition and the therapies used to treat it. However, there is also a lot of information online, a good place to start is our A-Z of conditions page, which has details on a wide range of conditions. Another useful source is NHS Choices.

It’s also important to look after yourself, try to eat healthily, sleep well, develop a self-care plan.

Coping with the psychological impact of a skin condition

The psychological impact of a skin condition can be enormous, and if it’s something that you’re struggling with then you should mention it to your doctor. However, there are plenty of self-help materials on this website that can also help you.

In particular we have guides about living with a health condition, and even more specifically, living with psoriasis, and living with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Although some of these guides are designed with very specific conditions in mind, there are a lot of lessons in them that are relevant to people with all kinds of different conditions.

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