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Hypnotherapy for Skin Conditions
The skin is the largest organ of elimination in our body. It contains nerves, sweat glands, hair follicles, oil glands and blood vessels. It regulates our temperature, plays a key role in immunity, synthesises vitamin D, and forms a protective barrier for our bones, muscles and tissues. It also allows us to touch and feel, and interact physically with our environment. Conditions affecting the skin are often made worse by stress and emotional upset.
Acne affects approximately 80% of teenagers, but can also affect adults. It is caused by the sebaceous glands in the skin reacting to the hormonal changes of puberty and producing too much oily sebum, which can block pores. This creates the spots and bumps on the skin, which can often be painful. With acne often comes the psychological and emotional distress of being conscious of your appearance. Acne sufferers will often imagine their appearance is much worse than it actually is, and perhaps think that others are looking at or judging them. This can lead to a negative self-image, which cause more distress. It has also been shown that acne often flares up at times of stress, such as exams or deadlines. Hypnotherapy can help to reduce the stress and teach you how to manage stress more effectively, thereby helping to prevent more severe flare-ups of acne. We can also help to build your confidence and self-esteem, so you can enjoy life without focusing negatively on your appearance.
Similarly to acne, eczema also often worsens during stressful times. It is suggested that this inflammation is the skin’s way to ‘protect’ itself from harm. However, for the eczema sufferer, the itching an the uncomfortable feeling, together with self-consciousness about appearance can be debilitating. Again, hypnotherapy can help to control eczema by reducing stress, and teaching you how to relax and manage stressful situations. If your sleep pattern is affected by stress, we can also help to manage your sleep patterns, ensuring you are getting the best possible night’s sleep.
Psoriasis is a condition in which skin cells are grown and replaced more rapidly, causing a build up of under-developed skin that is often red, painful and flaky. It is an immune system problem, in which T-cells (cells that normally defend the body) begin attacking skin cells. Stress is known to be a trigger for psoriasis, and can start or exacerbate the condition. Dandruff is also caused when the skin replacement system is working too fast. Again, it can be triggered by stress amongst other factors. We will help you to manage your stress, to relax and to become aware of other possible triggers for your psoriasis. We will also help to build your confidence and self-esteem.
Warts and verrucas are caused by the human papilloma virus. The theory is that the virus lives harmlessly on our skin, and our body is usually able to keep it in check. However, when we are stressed, our immune system is compromised and the virus can then develop into a wart or verruca. With hypnotherapy, we learn to switch off the stress response, and thereby allow out immune system to return to normal functioning, giving you the best chance of regaining control of the virus.
Other conditions affecting the skin, such as rosacea, can be triggered or worsened by stress.
Hypnotherapy helps you to reduce stress and learn to relax. You will receive a free relaxation CD at your Initial Consultation to get the process started.
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