'Huge' rise in skin conditions as result of recession-triggered stress

Eczema, acne, psoriasis and vitiligo all on the rise

The number of people suffering skin conditions related to stress has risen sharply during the recession, experts claimed today.

Nine in ten dermatologists at the British Skin Foundation have noticed a “marked” rise in eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions triggered by stress.

The snapshot survey of 105 doctors and nurses who specialise in skin conditions found that 41% had seen a noticeable increase in stress-related skin conditions.

One in 20 cited a “huge” increase and almost half had seen a slight increase.

Although eczema sufferers are bearing the brunt of the effects of recession-induced stress, there have also been rises in acne, psoriasis and vitiligo, the Daily Mail reports.

The British Skin Foundation said that the psychological stresses that can trigger skin conditions or fuel flare-ups need to be taken more seriously.

The poll was carried out at the British Association of Dermatologists’ annual conference earlier this month.

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