What is Psychodermatology

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Skin disorders are often associated with psychological conditions such as stress and anxiety. With more and more evidences linking mind and body, some novel disciplines are emerging, such as Psychodermatology. Psychodermatology focuses on the interactions and networks between the mind and skin (Jafferany and Franca, 2016). The development in of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) may also help understand the psychosocial factors in skin disorders.

Knowledge of the psychocutaneous connections may help improve the therapy of psychodermatological disorders with the management of psychosocial distress, anxiety, and depression (Jafferany and Franca, 2016). Other strategies may include making improvements targeting social isolation and promoting self-esteem among patients with skin diseases.

Studies in psychodermatology have indicated that both psychological and pharmaceutical methods can be applied for skin diseases with psychocutaneous connections (Jafferany and Franca, 2016). More developments in psychodermatology and psychoneuroimmunology would enable better and comprehensive strategies for complex diseases including skin disorders.


Jafferany M, Franca K. Psychodermatology: Basics Concepts. Acta Derm Venereol. 2016 Aug 23;96(217):35-7. doi: 10.2340/00015555-2378.

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