A new survey has suggested that the recession could be bad for your skin by increasing levels of stress, which in turn can trigger skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne, say dermatologists.
As distress of skin conditions has led some sufferers to self-harm and contemplate suicide, the British Skin Foundation said it is important to address any underlying emotional problems that trigger physical symptoms.
The survey of 105 doctors and nurses who specialise in skin conditions found 41 per cent had seen a noticeable increase in stress-related break-outs. Five per cent cited a ‘huge’ increase and almost half had seen a slight increase.
The poll, carried out at the British Association of Dermatologists’ annual conference, showed the recession is taking its greatest toll on eczema sufferers.
However, there have also been rises in acne, psoriasis – characterised by dry red patches of skin covered with silvery scales – and vitiligo, in which pale patches appear on the skin.
BSF member Bevis Man said: ‘The recession brings with it a set of problems that add further stress and misery to the millions that live with a skin disease.’