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Researchers scratch away at skin problems

Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) came out ahead of relaxation and meditation (but only just…) in helping to ease the physical symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, acne and the pigment disorder vitiligo, according to a study by Sheffield University researchers published in the current issue of the British Journal of Dermatology.

A meta-analysis of 22 studies involving more than 900 participants concluded that “psychodermatology” provided real benefits, particularly in helping patients deal with itching and scratching.

“This is welcome news as it adds more weight to the debate that we ought to pay more attention to psychological intervention and its benefits in managing and treating skin conditions,” commented Bevis Man, spokesman for the British Skin Foundation.

For CBT, visit: www.cbtprovider.co.uk & for relaxation, www.hypnotherapia.co.uk