Do you suffer with itchy and inflamed skin? Perhaps you suffer with psoriasis or dermatitis? The latest research from Germany suggests that stress may be the cause of your skin condition.
Researchers from the Berlin University of Medicine looked into how stress can trigger an increase in the number of immune cells in the skin which result in inflammatory skin disease.
Skin provides a barrier of protection against infection where white blood cells attack invading bacteria and viruses. If the immune cells over-react to invasion, conditions such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis can develop.
People who suffer with these inflammatory skin conditions can be susceptible to a ‘flare up’ when they are stressed so researchers set about to discover how stress aggravates skin problems.
The teams from Berlin and the McMaster University in Canada discovered that when the body is challenged by stress there were higher numbers of mature white blood cells present in the skin.
To prevent ‘flare ups’, it’s important to identify those who are at risk of stress and find suitable therapies to intervene.
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