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Skin conditions

 

Eczema

Eczema, or dermatitis as it is sometimes called, is a group of skin conditions which can affect all age groups. In the United Kingdom, up to one fifth of all children of school age have eczema, along with about one in twelve of the adult population. The severity of the disease can vary. In mild forms the skin is dry, hot and itchy, whilst in more severe forms the skin can become broken, raw and bleeding. Although it can sometimes look unpleasant, eczema is not contagious. With treatment the inflammation of eczema can be reduced, though the skin will always be sensitive to flare-ups and need extra care.

The causes of eczema are many and varied, and depend on the particular type of eczema that a person has. Atopic eczema is thought to be a hereditary condition, being genetically linked. It is proposed that people with atopic eczema are sensitive to allergens in the environment which are harmless to others. In atopy there is an excessive reaction by the immune system producing inflamed, irritated and sore skin. Associated atopic conditions include asthma and hay fever. Other types of eczema are caused by irritants such as chemicals and detergents, allergens such as nickel, and yeast growths. In later years eczema can be caused by a blood circulatory problems in the legs. The causes of certain types of eczema remain to be explained, though links with environmental factors and stress are being explored.

It is often possible to alleviate the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis using a variety of techniques from the fields of hypnotherapy and NLP. Sometimes a total cure has been achieved quickly and easily.

Psoriasis

The top layer of skin is much thicker in psoriasis. It gets this way because the normal growth cycle of skin cells has been accelerated to 3 or 4 days, compared to 28-30 days in normal skin. Skin cells accumulate at the surface. The white, flaky build-up that sheds from the skin is actually dead skin cells. The epidermis is about twice as thick as normal in psoriasis. The bottom level of the epidermis where cells multiply is particularly active (cells are proliferating 28 times faster than normal skin). The blood vessels of the skin expand in psoriasis. There is also increased blood flow in psoriatic skin, necessary to bring nutrients to the rapidly growing skin cells. This combination leads to the redness of the psoriasis lesions. The dermis is where the inflammation originates. Immune system cells are drawn into the dermis as part of the immune response that takes place in psoriasis and these cells send inflammatory signals to the skin cells.

Your first port of call with psoriasis, as with any medical condition must always be your GP. Although hypnotherapy has been found to be beneficial, our methods do not work with everyone, but we will give you an honest evaluation and do our best to help you.

Acne

Acne is a common skin condition which can manifest with varying degrees of severity. It affects adults as well as teenagers, and the symptoms are not only physical; sufferers often experience a great deal of psychological and emotional distress too, impacting on their confidence and self esteem.

How can hypnotherapy help?

An experienced therapist can get to the bottom of these skin conditions by looking deep into the sufferer’s mind for emotional triggers responsible for them. Most patients are unable to work through these emotional issues until a hypnotherapist helps them see these causes. In many cases, the death of a loved one, or past trauma in childhood could be causing stress unknowingly and this is where the therapist can help bring these things to the surface. Moreover, through power of suggestion, the therapist can also help the sufferer disassociate the sufferer from these issues.