Skin fulfills a wide spectrum of protective and sensorial functions within human bodies. It works just like a transmitter for the brain in the event of injuries or any other damages. Besides pain, human skin conveys information on other stimuli; for instance, it has the ability to establish the optimal temperature for human body. Furthermore, all these interpretations of external stimuli are in close connection to the nervous system and quite often, nervous system disorders are associated with skin problems. Scientists explain such connections by the fact that skin and nervous system part the ectoderm (cells that develop in skin, hair, teeth, and nervous tissue).
Since scientists discovered that anxiety and stress might cause skin conditions such as eczemas or psoriasis and local treatment can only remedy for a short period the itching and scratching problems without truly solving the real anxiety-related issue. Hypnosis indirectly cures skin disorders because hypnotherapy provides patients with control over sensations that make people damage their skin.
Moreover, if the therapist finds associations between skin conditions and low level of self-esteem, he will try to improve and redirect the self-perception towards a positive path. During a common hypnotherapy session, the stress falls on the subconscious, the therapist tells his patient that he can detach himself from unwanted, invasive sensations (the desire to ease discomfort through aggressive scratching). This method suggests the fact that skin might sometimes reflect our emotions unless it has been proven that a particular skin condition was produced by bacterias or allergens.
In contrast with external medical treatment which acts rather superficially, hypnotherapy approaches differently the cure. Firstly, hypnosis can establish whether the skin condition is really caused by an emotional blockage and might be associated with other symptoms. If such be the case, the hypnotherapist tries to connect recurrent symptoms to specific experiences. Each time the patient undergoes emotionally the difficulty of a similar experience, that skin disorder is just one of the side effects. By helping the subject to overcome the emotional blockage, dermatological conditions might disappear completely without recurrent episodes.
Dermatologists have noticed that sometimes medication recommended for many skin conditions is inefficient although it temporarily eased the symptoms. In order to remove the cause, patients have been advised to consult a hypnotherapist although many consider hypnosis a non-conventional alternative.
Severe skin conditions have a great impact on peoples lives especially on their social and professional ones; therefore, if skin conditions go untreated, they might isolate sufferers from their friends, colleagues, or simple acquaintances and eventually would only deepen anxiety and stress.