Can positive thinking fix your skin?

Sarah Brown is the founder of Pai Skincare. Entrepreneur, mum and sensitive-skinned soul.

An interesting concept no? I recently came across a fantastic article in Elle Canada asking this very question.

The feature focused on a rare idea in the product-based beauty industry – that emotional wellbeing can have an equally, if not more, transformative effect on the skin.

In it, Lucy Walker writes about a sensation I know all too well – that of your skin giving away your emotions via acne breakouts in her case, urticaria flares in mine.

Rather than seeking help from a dermatologist, Lucy consulted “skin psychologist” Dr. Ted Grossbart, a pioneering practitioner using hypnosis and meditation to treat the skin from within.

I’ve often spoken about the effects of stress on the skin (see my previous blog), but Grosshart believes grief, a lack of self-confidence, anger and fear can all play their part too.

By creating a timeline of her life, Lucy was able to see fluctuations in her skin and pin point the events that triggered her acne.

Part of Grosshart’s approach is in self-regulating the behaviour that triggers breakouts, so you can better control your stress levels and your skin in the future.

What do you think? Can you pair your skin fluctuations with periods of heightened emotion in your life? Or do you think it’s more about general health?


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