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Acne Excoriee / Dermatillomania / Neurotic Excoriation / Psychogenic Excoriation / Skinorexia / Skin Picking Disorder – a mental health condition where you cannot stop picking at your skin

Asteatotic – dry, fissured skin that occurs from epidermal water loss

Autoimmune-oestrogen/progesterone-dermatitis – cyclical cutaneous eruption that occurs premenstrually

Behavioural Dermatology – behaviour modification therapy

Biopsychosocial Model – the interconnection between biology, psychology, and socio-environmental factors

Delusional Parasitosis – a psychiatric condition where people have the mistaken belief that they are parasitised by bugs

Dermatitis Artefacta – a psychocutaneous disorder in which lesions are created consciously to satisfy a psychological need, attract attention, or evade responsibility

Dermatitis Herpetiformis – blistering skin manifestation of gluten-sensitivity

Discoid Eczema – skin becomes itchy, reddened, swollen and cracked in circular or oval patches

Dyshidrotic Eczema – itchy blisters on your hands and feet

Erythroderma – severe inflammation of most of the body’s skin surface

Folliculitis – inflamed hair follicles

Habit Reversal Training – behavioural therapy for repetitive habits

Hidradenitis Suppurativa – painful, long-term skin condition that causes abscesses and scarring on the skin

Integrative Dermatology – treatment therapy that combines complementary medicine with dermatology

Lichen Simplex Chronicus / Neurodermatitis – recurring itch-scratch cycle

Obsessive Compulsive Related Disorder – conditions that have OCD qualities

Pruritus – itchy sensation

Psoriasis – an immune-mediated disease that causes raised, scaly patches on the skin due to systemic inflammation

Psychocutaneous Disorders – skin conditions exacerbated by stress

Psychogenic Itch – itch caused by psychological factors

Psychoneuroimmunology – study of the relationship between the central nervous system and immune system

Rosacea – causes flushing and visible blood vessels in the face

Somatoform Disorders – a mental health condition that causes an individual to experience physical bodily symptoms in response to psychological distress

Somatoform Pruritus – when psychiatric and psychosomatic factors play a critical role in pruritus

Stasis Dermatitis – eczema that develops in people who have poor blood flow

Stimming – repetitive self-stimulating behaviour seen more often in neurodivergent conditions which can include itching/picking

Xerosis – abnormally dry skin

Sources: NHS and NCBI. Always see a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment.

Published by PsychDermDirect

The holistic psychodermatology resource

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