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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. ^ Mohammad Jafferany, "Psychodermatology: A Guide to Understanding Common Psychocutaneous Disorders" Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2007; 9(3): 203–213. PMC 1911167 [1]
  3. ^ Sarah DeWeerdt "Psychodermatology: An emotional response" Nature 492, S62–S63 (20 December 2012) 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.