It’s often a surprise to many people that the skin is an organ, in fact, the largest organ in the body and has many functions.
The skin is our first line and main protective organ –
- Protecting from viral and bacterial invasion
- Protecting from heat, cold, ultraviolet radiation and other harmful substances
- Enabling the production of vitamin D from ultraviolet light from the sun
- Sensory nerve endings in the skin cause reflex actions to painful stimuli, protecting us from injury
- The skin regulates heat loss to maintain a constant body temperature.
Our skin is a vitally important organ, but what happens to cause things to go wrong?
Let’s go back – the skin develops in the early embryonic stage, with the skin (epidermis) and nervous system originating from the same ectoderm – the outer most layer of cells or tissue of an embryo in early development. It is therefore clear to see why they are closely interconnected.
Stress increases the vulnerability of the autonomic nervous system, having a direct effect on the epidermis. The epidermis contains multiple sensors, which produce hormones and neurotransmitters, these have the potential to influence the body, both emotionally and physiologically.
These increased dermatological symptoms cause further stress and this becomes an anxiety loop.
The intricate relationship between stress and skin conditions has been documented since ancient times. Recent clinical observations also link psychological stress to the onset or aggravation of multiple skin diseases.*
So, whether suffering from Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis or any other skin disorder, it is easy to see why hypnotherapy, which communicates with the subconscious mind, is so effective in helping people suffering from skin disorders.