Eczema is more than skin deep.

Here at QV, we understand that sensitive skin conditions can have a devastating impact on mental health, with more than 30% of surveyed people with atopic dermatitis saying they have been diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety, according to the National Eczema Association.[1]

Having to deal with persistent itching, self-consciousness and frustration all contribute to our emotional well-being when coping with a condition such as eczema [2], as psychotherapist Dr Sal Raichbach states: "The discomfort and appearance of skin conditions often leads to self-esteem issues, a lack of confidence and emotional distress.”[3] As a result of this, and as part of our A Hand to Hold campaign, we want to encourage people to speak out if they’re struggling and remember that they’re not alone. After all, 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults suffer from eczema in the UK.[4]

If you’re feeling down because of your skin condition, it’s in your best interest to speak to a GP.[5] The sooner you speak to somebody, the sooner you can be on the road to recovery.[6]

If your stress levels are increased, this can have a direct effect in triggering eczema flare-ups;[7] therefore, it’s key to reduce stress as much as you can. Talking to a doctor could lift a weight off your shoulders, as research shows that talking can help people recover from depression and cope better with stress.[8]

We spoke to Dr Jason Williams who shared his advice for anyone who may be suffering with mental health and skin conditions: https://vimeo.com/275099036

Mental Health charity Mind can also help you find support in your area for either yourself or someone you are worried about. For more information, call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463 or visit https://www.mind.org.uk/

Let’s all be A Hand to Hold to anybody who is struggling.

For further help and advice on your skin condition, follow our A Hand to Hold campaign via our Facebook page @QVSkincareUK or follow us on Twitter @QVSkincare_UK.

 

[1] Nearly one-third of people with atopic dermatitis report depression/anxiety (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 June 29) Available from: https://nationaleczema.org/nea-press-release-10-26-17/

[2] Eczema Awareness Month: The Science Behind Feeling Lousy (Internet) 2017 (citied 2018 June 29) Available from: https://nationaleczema.org/eam-inflammation-link/

[3] Of course skin conditions affect our mental health – so what’s being done about it? (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 June 29) Available from: https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/30/of-course-skin-conditions-affect-our-mental-health-so-whats-being-done-about-it-7574093/

 

[4] About us (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 July 2) Available from: http://www.eczema.org/about-us

[5] Overview (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 July 2) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/

[6] Overview (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 July 2) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/

[7] 10 Tips For Dealing With Stress to Avoid an Eczema Flare (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 July 2) Available from: https://nationaleczema.org/tips-for-dealing-with-eczema-stress/

[8] Living with (Internet) 2018 (citied 2018 July 2) Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/clinical-depression/living-with/