A survey by the British Skin Foundation found that recession could increase the levels of stress, which may be bad for your skin. The stress could trigger skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis and the distress of skin conditions may lead some patients to self-harm and could contemplate suicide.
They survey including one hundred and five doctors and nurses who specialize in skin conditions revealed forty-one percent has shown a clear rise in stress-related breaks-out. Five per cent alluded to a massive increase and almost half had shown a slight increase. The recession is taking its greatest toll on eczema sufferers.
The survey team also found that there had been increase in acne, psoriasis, characterized by dry red patches of skin covered with silvery scales and vitiligo, in which pale patches emerge on the skin. About half of study participants those questioned stated that the stress triggered skin conditions or fueled flare-ups, which should be taken more seriously.
One in six of men and women participated in survey stated their skin condition had led to them self-harming and seven admitted to having thought about suicide. Bevis Man member of the British Skin Foundation explained the recession brings with it a set of problems that add further stress and misery to the millions that live with a skin disease.
Dr Anthony Bewley, BSF’s spokesperson and a consultant dermatologist, stated patients with skin disease feel enormously upset about their skin condition, as it affects their self-confidence and self-esteem in so many ways. All too often, the impact of skin disease is under-estimated. Many patients consider their skin conditions to be more psychologically damaging than diabetes or heart disease.
Earlier study by the British Skin Foundation (BSF) has shown that many sufferers of skin diseases have been verbally abused in public. The study was presented in the annual conference of British Association of Dermatologists’.