As a matter of fact, the field of dermatology is one of the first to discover that your chill can have some pretty powerful benefits for your skin. "Dermatology is a field that is open about the mind-body connection," says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. "It is one of the first fields that have shown the impact of mindfulness on actual skin diseases."
If you're wondering how meditation and mindfulness practices actually impact, say, psoriasis, rosacea or much-dreaded acne, read on.
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How Meditation Impacts Skin Conditions
All of this is why dermatologists like Levin have learned how to use mindfulness as part of their therapeutic tools when dealing with some skin conditions, using what she terms "mindfulness-based cognitive therapy." But she wants to emphasize that mindfulness is used as an aspect of treatment, not as the entire treatment regimen.
"You should still get your skin checked by a licensed dermatologist and apply in-office procedures, any prescription medicines and your skin care regimen along with sunscreen. It's not just that you're only going to be mindful, meditate and that's it. But a mindfulness practice in addition to your skin care regimen not only helps you find calm in what can be a stressful situation, but it has been shown to improve your condition faster by allowing you to focus on the present moment. It eventually helps you realize that nothing is permanent and things are always changing. Ultimately, we hope that helps you to deal with life in general, but particularly your health and not being so attached to a pimple happening right now."
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How to Use Meditation as Part of Your Skin Care Regimen
Inevitably, it's about reducing the chronic stress and strain that keeps flare-ups coming at a minimum, so why not throw a little mindfulness at skin conditions that can eventually cause a lot of mental anguish? "From my standpoint, my patients should incorporate mindfulness and destressing, even if it's yoga and not strictly meditation. It does help your skin overall, kind of like when you see your skin improve on vacation. I definitely see the improvement of using meditation and mindfulness as part of a treatment regimen."
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