Psychodermatology: Hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis, Meditation and Autogenic Training in Dermatology, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, and Dermal Health

* Gerrard Sunnan MD has written an extremely comprehensive paper covering various aspects of how the mind relates to skin health and how hypnosis can help with skin disorders. . .


Psyche and skin are connected, and in this relationship, mental stressors can aggravate and even give rise to skin pathologies. On the other hand, mental techniques such as hypnosis, focused meditation and autogenic training can activate the mind’s contribution to the skin’s well-being. This paper introduces some fundamental concepts in psychodermatology.

The fact that the skin and the mind are intimately connected may seem counter-intuitive at first glance. How can the brain, let alone the mind, have serious influence on the largest of the bodily organs, the skin? They seem to be so far apart, conceptually and anatomically. Yet, if we look at core concepts emerging from twentieth century medicine, a central one teaches that all organ systems in the body are interdependent, all working as one multiconnected entity. And, in this equation, the mind, as a locus of life’s power, remains a determining force.

Psychoneuroimmunology and psychodermatology, relatively new appellations, define this concept as it pertains to the skin, and open links between psyche and emotions, skin disease, and skin health. Embryonically, the skin and the nervous system are closely linked, as shown by the fact that certain emotional states can commonly be expressed through skin blanching, flushing or blushing.

Strong emotions can impact on skin’s well-being. Stress, in all its manifestations, is well appreciated to worsen all manner of skin problems. Appeasing the mental stressors that impact on skin harmony therefore can assist the modulation of psychosomatic skin conditions, and stimulating relaxation and wellness can encourage dermatological harmony so that the skin can flaunt its optimal radiance. This makes it an optimal time for laser hair removal and similar procedures without causing stress.

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* Psychodermatology: Hypnosis, self-hypnosis, meditation and autogenic training in dermatology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, and dermal health. © 2014 by Gérard V. Sunnen, M.D
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