When the skin expresses itself...le 03/11/2021
Deciphering our skin moods
The skin is our identity card, our main energy sensor. No less than five million sensory cells register countless sensations: cold, heat, textures, pain...
We blush with embarrassment or pleasure, and sometimes blush with fear.
So many elements that we would often prefer to hide from others...
The skin is an organ representing approximately two square meters of surface and 15% of our total weight.
3 complementary layers make it up:
The epidermis, visible to the naked eye: it is renewed every twenty-eight days on average. It perceives sensations, thanks to its nerve endings, and synthesizes vitamin D. The epidermis protects us from the cold, the sun's rays and external aggressions.
The hypodermis: it acts as a thermal insulator and absorbs shocks between the skin and the skeleton.
The dermis, whose fibers give the skin its flexibility and firmness. It is in this area that the sebaceous glands that secrete sebum and the "sweat glands" (which produce sweat) are born.
A very powerful psychosomatic marker
Skin and emotions are intimately linked. The skin sometimes expresses what we keep hidden deep inside.
"To be well in one's skin" or "to be badly in one's skin", "to save one's skin", "to risk one's skin", "to have a new skin", "to have a hard skin"... Many expressions of the language underline well the link between the skin and the psyche, -that is to say the psychological health-, and the health of the organism through the state of the latter.
Health and psyche
Allergies, itching, paleness, redness, dryness, pimples, warts, cracks, wounds, changes in pigmentation, sweat, dehydration... These skin disorders are psychosomatic alterations whose origin is a psychological or emotional problem.
Our emotions can undermine our immune system and thus reveal or aggravate certain skin diseases. Yes, it is important to know that the skin betrays all our states of mind. Stress favors inflammatory outbreaks such as herpes, eczema or acne.
Many studies have established the impact of our emotions on our skin. And for good reason, when we are at the embryonic stage, it is the same area that gives birth to skin cells and brain cells.
When we are sad or stressed, our skin seems to be less shiny, drier, dehydrated and less radiant than usual. But when we are well, our skin tone seems to be in perfect harmony. This reflects the revealing relationship between skin and emotions.
It is considered that 80% of dermatological disorders are psychological in nature. The more the psyche is in trouble, the more the skin and its physiological functioning are also affected.
The role of the stress hormone, cortisol, has been demonstrated in the appearance of psoriasis, rosacea, acne and atopic dermatitis
Stress causes the release of hormones and neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit information between cells) in the brain, blood and skin that aggravate inflammation and make it chronic.
Emotions can reveal or aggravate inflammatory and immune skin diseases
It is important to know that the disease is always caused by a blockage of energy.
Small pimples on the face? We may be afraid of losing our prestige, because we suffer from an inferiority complex or because we feel the need to be protected.
On the head, it is commonly a symbol of a blockage of creativity or a need to change our way of thinking and break the established order. These pimples can also be linked to nostalgia for a past that we want to recover or to emotional wounds.
Herpes on the lips and styes are normally signs of nervousness and lack of tranquility. The skin and emotions come together to try to externalize our panic, anger, fear, despair or emotional shielding.
Skin problems on the feet may reflect dissatisfaction with where we are and the need to make changes.
On the arms, skin conditions may indicate a lack of tenderness and emotional contact. When they occur in the hand area, the imbalance is between giving and receiving.
The skin is therefore an excellent indicator of our mental state. To determine and ensure that a skin condition is psychosomatic, we will try to establish a relationship between the time of appearance of this skin problem and one (or more) event(s) that may have caused strong emotions, annoyances or discomfort...
The skin, sensor of our mental and emotional state
Also, it is important to know that a negative attitude can induce or increase the severity of skin disorders, as much as a positive attitude favors improvements.
Our thoughts -and the feelings they generate- modify the normal play of the organs through the "sympathetic nervous system" and the secretions of the endocrine glands (An endocrine gland is a structure specialized in the secretion of hormones which are released into the bloodstream and which act on the functioning or the development of other organs). The SNS acts on the organs, and in particular the skin, by slowing down or accelerating their work.
Find your inner balance to have a beautiful skin
The skin represents an excellent mediation tool between our body and its environment.
When we talk about psychosomatism, we accept the fact that there is a link between the body and the mind. But we are still too often unaware of the existence of an energetic body and a spiritual body, in addition to our physical body.
It is the combination of physical and mental energies, matter + sensations + perceptions + consciousness, that makes us a complete and healthy being.