Psoriasis, or scaly lichen, is a non-infectious chronic skin disease. Symptoms include reddish-pink rashes with white-gray scales, itching, and skin flaking. Commonly affected areas are elbows, knee folds, the scalp, soles of the feet, and palms. Psoriasis is classified into pustular and non-pustular types based on the presence or absence of pustules (blister-like formations with purulent content).
The exact causes of psoriasis remain unclear. Various factors have been suggested, including immune system dysfunction, metabolic disorders, hereditary factors, genetic factors, and endocrine factors. Contributing factors include climate change, thin and dry skin, allergies, excessive hygiene, certain medications, injuries, external irritants (chemical substances, etc.), stress, harmful habits, and HIV.
Medical observations indicate that psoriasis is triggered by immune cells, which are meant to protect but, for some reasons, migrate from lower layers to upper layers of the skin, causing inflammation and overgrowth of the outer skin layer.
Psychosomatics of Psoriasis
The function of human skin is to protect and interact with the external world, participating in thermoregulation, excretion, and respiration. The skin, with its high density of nerve endings, is very sensitive to external stimuli, including physical (temperature, etc.) and psycho-emotional irritants.
Stress negatively impacts the nervous system, which controls all systems of the physical body. Its distorted signals reach the skin, disrupting the work of skin’s secretory glands and its self-cleansing, leading to skin ailments.
As soon as a person begins to lose mental peace due to negativity in relationships with the external world (e.g., irritation), the skin, as a highly sensitive protective cover, signals first.
The skin extends its protective function to the person’s inner world, trying to shield from negative emotions resulting from interactions with the external world.
If a person is prone to negative emotions (fear, heightened anxiety about others’ opinions, intolerance to weaknesses (own or others’), low or high self-esteem, manic desire to look perfect, suppressed anger, etc.), psoriasis appears.
It’s noticed that the more a person tries to isolate themselves from the world, the more skin problems increase.
Psychological Causes of Psoriasis
Psoriasis, like other psychosomatic skin diseases, often acts as a way for a person to react to external influences. This peculiar method first emerges in childhood when basic psycho-emotional needs are either unmet or excessively met, and when authoritarian parents violate a child’s personal boundaries. Over the years, negative emotions accumulate and manifest on the skin as a signal that the problem is unresolved.
Louise Hay attributes psychosomatic causes of psoriasis to fear of being hurt, loss of self-perception, refusal to take responsibility for one’s feelings.
Psychologist Liz Burbo explains that a person suffering from psoriasis wants to “change skin” (transform) because they feel uncomfortable in their current guise. They feel unrecognized or misunderstood and find it hard to reconcile with themselves.
Dr. Luule Viilma believes that a person with psoriasis lives with the feeling of “I am not worthy of love and affection.”
Dr. V. Sinelnikov notes that the cause of psoriasis is a strong sense of guilt and desire for self-punishment, as well as disgust and a desire to protect oneself from the “dirt” of the outside world.
The location of psoriasis indicates the area of negativity a person experiences. For instance, psoriasis on the hands indicates irritation towards others, on the legs – frustration over efforts not yielding results, on the scalp – anxiety about insufficient authority, on the back – irritation due to having to “carry” others’ problems.
Paths to Healing
We’ve learned that the human body is forced to react to internal “aches” with external skin eruptions. This subconscious mechanism serves as protection of the inner world from destruction by accumulated negative emotions and thoughts.
The skin, as a relief valve, allows some negativity to be released externally in the form of unsightly skin problems. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg, signaling that “psycho-emotional dirt” has accumulated in the soul.
What needs to be done to heal from psychosomatic psoriasis and cleanse the skin? First and foremost, cleanse your inner world of negativity. Determine what triggers your negative emotions. What irritates you, in yourself or in the external world?
As we know, we are only affected and irritated by what exists within us. Therefore, analyze each negative emotion – where it leads, its origin, and what it stands for.
Most likely, it will be fear, from which all negative emotions originate. Identify the fear: is it justified or imaginary? While fear can sometimes aid survival, most fears are imaginary and harmful, damaging the soul from within.
For healing to occur, your consciousness must undergo this process: understand the mechanism of your experiences from start to finish. Once consciousness is free from fears, negative emotions will fade, and skin eruptions will disappear.
Another argument for working on emotional negativity: psychologists have found that skin remains healthy when a person is characterized by fearlessness towards the world (feeling protected), openness (open to interaction with the world), calmness (unirritated), and kindness (inner peace).
The choice is yours!