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I’M NOT MY SKIN

There is a stigma that’s attached with skin problems. Skin problems and stigmatisation didn’t just start, its been ongoing. In the medieval times lepers were cast out from the cities because they were considered unclean.

Some of the people who stigmatised the lepers must have had other skin related problems such as eczema, acne, boils, psoriasis, demartisis. However, the stigmatisation of the lepers were merely out of fear, ignorance and prejudice. These are the reasons why people stigmatise and mock people with skin conditions

Berlange Presilus was diagnosed with a rare vascular disorder called Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS), she hails from Haiti and lives in Toronto, Canada, told SWNS,

If I exposed my leg I would get laughed at or teased

Skin diseases can be obvious and visible to the public. Those living with a skin disease will not only have to cope with the disease but the reaction of the people around them to their conditions. Common examples include eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea and vitiligo. It doesn’t matter if these conditions are common or very rare, the impact on the quality of life can be profound even without stigmatisation and mockery.

Stigmatisation and mockery psychologically scars people, leaving them with scars that lingers on long after the skin gets better. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that people who suffer from Skin diseases undergo major depression, suicidal thoughts, low self-esteem, zero confidence and social withdrawal.

However, psychodermatology has been found helpful erasing the psychological scars left by skin disorders. Psychodermatology will be more effective if we join hands to stop the shaming and mockery, leave that in the medieval times. You heard no lie when you were told

Don’t judge a book by its cover

 

 

 




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