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What is Psychodermatology?


Psychodermatology

Psychodermatology is by definition, addresses the skin-mind connection.

This is my specialty under the umbrella of trauma-informed psychotherapy and coaching, and what I call "beauty science" which is the scientific approach to body image, self-image, esteem and resilience.

I have found many of my clients in the past have suffered trauma, crisis or neglect which resulted in skin and body dysfunction.

 

Psychophysiologic disorders-those known to be precipitated or exacerbated by emotional stress.

  • Acne
  • Alopecia areata
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psychogenic purpura
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Urticaria (hives)

Also: Disordered eating, weight gain, anxiety and panic disorder. 

Primary psychiatric disorders

  • Bromosiderophobia (fear of perceived odor)
  • Delusions of parasitosis (perceived parasite infection)
  • Dysmorphophobia (perception of problem/unattractive body/body area) 
  • Factitial dermatitis (self-induced lesions)
  • Neurotic excoriations (repetitive scratching)
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling -scalp, lashes, etc)

Secondary psychiatric disorders

  • Alopecia areata
  • Cystic acne
  • Ichthyosis (inherited skin disorder)
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo

I develop cosmetic solutions to skincare struggles through cosmetic and biochemistry research, and provide psychotherapeutic and coaching support and create educational content to help clients to better self-empower while, if need be, working with their dermatologist or medical doctor.

I have developed the first, and only, psychodermatology skincare line. This line addresses the emotional responses to the skincare names, institutes ethical and positive psychology marketing and formula expressions.