How can stress make certain skin diseases worse?

Certain strong emotions, trauma can also result in dermatological problems © shutterstock_Inside Creative House

Pale when we are afraid, blush when we are stressed, feel itchy when we are upset … The skin reflects our emotions. Certain strong emotions, trauma can also result in dermatological problems: eczema, psoriasis, cold sore, acne, etc.

How much can stress make certain skin diseases worse? Are patients aware of the interaction between stress and skin disorders?

  • Pr Laurent Misery, head of the dermatology department at the Brest CHRU and director of the Brest neuroscience laboratory. President of the French Psychodermatology Group and of the European Psychodermatology Task Force, author of “Your skin has things to say to you” published by Larousse.

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