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Psychodermatology is the treatment of skin disorders using psychological and psychiatric techniques. It is a controversial subspecialty of dermatology because it postulates that a variety of skin conditions can be healed by the mind.

Conditions and treatments[edit]

Frequently treated conditions are: psoriasis, eczema, hives, genital and oral herpes, acne, warts, skin allergies, pain, burning sensations, and hair loss. Psychodermatological treatment techniques include psychotherapy, meditation, relaxation, hypnosis, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi and anti-anxiety drugs.[1][2][3][4]


In a 2013 paper published in the Clinics in Dermatology, the official journal of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, the facts and controversies of this topic were examined with the conclusion:

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  1. ^ SINGER, NATASHA. "SKIN DEEP; If You Think It, It Will Clear". NYT. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ Jafferany M (2007). "Psychodermatology: a guide to understanding common psychocutaneous disorders". Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 9: 203–13. doi:10.4088/pcc.v09n0306. PMC 1911167. PMID 17632653.
  3. ^ DeWeerdt Sarah (2012). "Psychodermatology: An emotional response". Nature. 492: S62–S63. doi:10.1038/492S62a.
  4. ^ Mapes, Diane (2007-02-12). "Does your skin need a shrink?". MSNBC. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  5. ^ Orion, Edith; Wolf, Ronni. "Psychological factors in skin diseases: Stress and skin: Facts and controversies". Clinics in Dermatology, The official journal of the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology (IACD). Retrieved 9 February 2017.