Emotional stress as a trigger for inflammatory skin disorders

Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2013 Jun;32(2):68-72. doi: 10.12788/j.sder.0003.


Dermatologic disorders comprise 15% to 20% of complaints seen in general practice. Skin disorders result in a negative impact to the patient not only physically but also psychologically, socially, and occupationally. The most common trigger for several inflammatory skin disorders, including psoriasis, is emotional stress. Understanding the significance of emotional triggers to common inflammatory dermatologic disorders is critical to the optimal management of these conditions. This article will provide an overview of the effects of emotional stress on skin disorders and psychotherapeutic options.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatitis* / etiology
  • Dermatitis* / psychology
  • Dermatitis* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Precipitating Factors
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Stress, Psychological* / complications
  • Stress, Psychological* / psychology
  • Stress, Psychological* / therapy