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Hypnotherapy for Skin Conditions

Hypnotherapy offers a holistic, non-invasive approach to addressing skin conditions, harnessing the power of your subconscious mind to promote skin healing and improve overall skin health, encouraging a natural radiance from within.

Hypnotherapy For Skin Conditions

Why Hypnotherapy for Skin Conditions?

Due to my dermatological knowledge from working in nursing in this area for over 10 years I have a keen interest in how emotions affect the skin. Research has shown a clear link between skin diseases and psychological factors. Taking data from a number of studies an average of 70% of patients with chronic conditions, like psoriasis, acne, eczema and rosacea, had emotional triggers. Stress is also a known trigger or can be a worsening factor for fever blisters, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and has even been shown to impair skin barrier function and dehydrate the skin – allowing more irritants, allergens, and infectious agents to penetrate the skin and cause problems.

This is why hypnosis is so effective at treating skin conditions. I look at what could be triggering or exacerbating the presenting condition and deal with it in order for you to feel better about yourself which will help to reduce or clear your skin!

When you’re mentally worn out from a tough week at work, a disagreement with a friend or just a long day, there are probably some steps you’ll take to relax. You might have a bubble bath, talk to a friend or take a day off from your job. However, what if your skin is trying to tell you that it needs a break. A pesky breakout or itchy rash may be a sign that your skin is also fed up with whatever is stressing you out. Irritated skin usually sends people running to the chemist for quick relief, but a rising trend has some heading to therapists who specialise in psychodermatology — therapists for your skin.

Psychodermatology is an approach to treating skin conditions that addresses the connection between mind and body and, in doing so, examines disorders that are exacerbated by psychological or emotional stress. The field’s practitioners study the external stressors that often trigger skin conditions or inhibit the body’s healing process. With these stressors in mind, a therapist creates a treatment plan that can involve anything from yoga to self-hypnosis, often in tandem with more traditional dermatology therapies, such as antibiotics. Although psychodermatology has been growing in popularity, it may be more effective for conditions that aren’t responding well to medical treatment than for conditions that do.

Research has shown clear links between skin diseases and psychological factors. In one study, 50 to 90% of patients with chronic conditions, like psoriasis, acne, eczema, and rosacea, had emotional triggers. This evidence is one of the psychodermatologists’ major arguments. They believe that these emotional stressors can make traditional medicines less effective, so removing the stressors has to be part of a patient’s treatment. The American Academy of Dermatology concluded that when dermatologists treat both skin and the source of stress, the skin clears more quickly as stress decreases.

  • Stress can manifest itself in one’s appearance in many ways, but primarily by making the skin more sensitive and more reactive.  For example, stress can make psoriasis or rosacea worse, result in acne lesions that are more inflamed and more persistent, cause brittle nails and ridging of the nails, cause hair loss, cause or worsen hives, and cause excessive perspiration. Stress also is a known trigger or can be a worsening factor for fever blisters, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and has even been shown to impair skin barrier function and dehydrate the skin – allowing more irritants, allergens, and infectious agents to penetrate and cause problems.
  • Beyond the direct physiological effects of stress, patients under stress also tend to neglect or abuse their skin.  For example, they often lack the energy and motivation to adhere to their skin-care regiments, and there also might be signs of stress-related behaviours – such as scratching, pulling or rubbing – that can exacerbate problems.
  • Traditional dermatologic therapies should be used in conjunction with appropriate stress management therapies to successfully treat stress-related dermatologic conditions.  When dermatologists treat both the skin and stress, the skin often clears more quickly and completely as the influences of stress are diminished. This, in turn, can help decrease a patient’s overall anxiety level, and the patient may start to feel better about how they look and how they feel emotionally.
  • On a microscopic level, stress reduction can decrease the release of proinflammatory stress hormones and chemicals.  For example, release of neuropeptides (or stress chemicals released from the nerve endings) can be reduced with stress management techniques.  This often results in skin that looks and functions better. These interventions can reduce blood vessel over-activity, resulting in less blushing or flushing.
  • With accurate diagnosis by a dermatologist, effective treatments improve the appearance and function of the skin.  This alone can substantially reduce patients’ stress and improve their skin, hair and nail conditions. However, if stress is clearly interfering with patients’ overall well-being and ability to cope, simultaneous stress management interventions are warranted.
  • Hypnosis can be used to increase healthy behaviours, to decrease situational stress, to reduce needle phobias, to control harmful habits (eg, scratching), to provide immediate and long-term analgesia, to ameliorate symptoms related to diseases (eg, pruritus), to accelerate recovery from surgery, and to enhance the mind-body connection to promote healing. Hypnosis can be especially helpful in dealing with skin diseases that have a psychosomatic aspect.

    Direct suggestion while in the hypnotic state is a frequently used method of decreasing discomfort from pain, pruritus, burning sensations, anxiety, and insomnia. Again, post-hypnotic suggestion and repeated use of an audio-cassette tape for self-hypnosis help to reinforce the effectiveness of direct suggestion. Direct suggestion may produce a sufficiently deep anesthesia in highly hypnotisable individuals for cutaneous surgery. Direct suggestion can also be used to reduce repetitive acts of skin scratching or picking, nail biting or manipulating, and hair pulling or twisting. Unwanted psychophysiologic responses, such as hyperhidrosis, blushing, and some types of urticaria, can also be controlled by direct suggestion. Some skin lesions can even be induced to resolve by using direct suggestion; the classic example is verrucae.

    Symptom substitution retrains the subconscious by means of hypnosis to replace a negative habit pattern with a more constructive one. For example, scratching can be replaced by another physical activity, such as grabbing onto something and holding it so tightly for a half minute that it almost hurts. Other stress relievers that can be substituted for scratching include athletic activities, artwork, verbal expression of feelings, or meditation.

Please get in touch should you have any queries about how you skin can the emotions around it can be helped with hypnotherapy.

Who Should do it?

Hypnotherapy can be a valuable tool for resolving skin conditions as it addresses the mind-body connection, potentially reducing stress and anxiety that can exacerbate skin issues, and promoting positive mental patterns that may aid in healing and symptom management. Do you:

What our clients say


For years I’ve suffered with excess sweating when in any situation where the focus is on me or I’m nervous, like giving a presentation or being around new people. This was really affecting my job as my job involved a lot of presentations and meeting new people! My mum has had hypnosis before so I thought I would give it a try. I don’t know how Paul did it but after one session I felt more confident and was able to lead a normal life without excess sweating, he even stuck my hand to my leg which I thought was brilliant!



I’ve suffered total hair loss through alopecia, I’ve had no more than three hairs on my body at one point since it began three years ago . . .
Paul had hair growing back on my head and face within 2 days of our first session… Three sessions and four weeks later. I’ve got at least a hundred fine white hairs on my head and around 30 scattered elsewhere. It seems to be growing again . .
I also feel STRONGER and BETTER . . . I can never thank Paul enough



Hi Paul, I hope you’re keeping well. I just wanted to get in touch to let you know that following on from the successes during your alopecia hypnotherapy trial, my hair continued to grow and has now fully recovered. For the first time in 11 years I have my curls back and I look like me again! My wigs are back in their box and I honestly can’t thank you enough for setting me on the path to getting all of this fixed. All the best.



After nearly thirty years of experiencing very bad panic attacks when driving or travelling anywhere out of my comfort zone. A friend suggested I contact Paul and see if there was anything that he could possibly do to help.
Amazingly after just two sessions of treatment, being a combination of hypnosis and tapping techniques, I have been able to drive much further distances than I ever imagined possible. It has in many ways been life changing and I now realise how debilitating my anxiety has been.
Thank you Paul for all your help


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What you will achieve

Here are some of the achievements you are likely to achieve by working with me to help resolve your problems

Enhanced Mind-Body Connection

Hypnotherapy can help establish a stronger link between your mind and body, enabling you to influence physical symptoms such as skin flare-ups.

Stress Reduction

Hypnotherapy can effectively lower stress levels, a common trigger for various skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and eczema

Improved Sleep

By promoting deep relaxation, hypnotherapy can lead to better quality sleep, which is essential for skin health and repair

Healthy Habit Formation

Hypnotherapists can guide you in forming beneficial habits, like regular skincare routines or healthier eating, which can directly impact your skin's condition

Increased Self-esteem

By alleviating symptoms and improving skin appearance, hypnotherapy can boost your confidence and self-esteem

Pain Management

For conditions like psoriasis or eczema that cause discomfort, hypnotherapy can offer strategies to manage and reduce associated pain

Commonly Asked Questions about Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic approach that utilizes hypnosis to access the subconscious mind, allowing for positive changes in thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. It is a safe and effective method of addressing various issues and achieving personal growth.

Yes, hypnotherapy is a safe practice when conducted by a trained and certified hypnotherapist. Clients are always in control and cannot be made to do anything against their will. The therapist guides the client into a relaxed state where positive suggestions and therapy can take place.

Hypnotherapy can help with a wide range of issues, including addiction, anxiety, weight management, smoking cessation, phobias, and improving confidence or motivation. It can also be used for relaxation, stress management, and enhancing performance in various areas of life.

The duration of a hypnotherapy session can vary depending on the therapist and the specific needs of the client. Typically, sessions range from 60 to 90 minutes, although some might be shorter or longer. It is important to discuss session length and frequency with your hypnotherapist.

The number of sessions required will depend on the nature of the issue being addressed, the individual client, and their goals. Some clients may see positive results in just a few sessions, while others might benefit from ongoing therapy. Your hypnotherapist will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan.

Yes, almost everyone can be hypnotized to some degree. It is a natural state of mind that we enter multiple times a day, like when we daydream or become engrossed in a book or movie. However, the level of depth achieved during hypnotherapy may vary from person to person

During hypnosis, clients typically experience a deep state of relaxation and/or heightened focus. It is often described as a pleasant and calm sensation, similar to being absorbed in a daydream or meditative state. Clients remain aware of their surroundings and are always in control of their thoughts and actions.

Yes, it is common for clients to remember the majority, if not all, of what happens during a hypnotherapy session. While the experience may feel dream-like, hypnosis is not a state of unconsciousness. You will be able to recall the suggestions and insights provided by the therapist.

No, you do not need to believe in hypnosis for it to be effective. Hypnotherapy can benefit individuals regardless of their beliefs or skepticism. The therapy is grounded in scientific principles and works by accessing the subconscious mind to make positive changes.

When choosing a hypnotherapist, it is important to consider their qualifications, experience, and areas of expertise. Look for certifications from reputable hypnosis organizations and ask about their training and background. Additionally, a good fit between you and the therapist is crucial, so trust your instincts and feel comfortable in their presence.

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