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February 23, 2015

Clear mind, clear skin

New study looks at how psychologists may be able to help treat patients with dermatological issues

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This photo, supplied by Olay, shows actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, center, watching as Jill Budik has her skin examined by Dr. Gary Monheit.

A growing field of medical study looks at the connection between our complexion and our psychological health.

A new article published this month by the American Psychological Association looks beyond the surface of what we already know – stress makes acne worse – by studying how psychologists may be able to help treat patients with dermatological issues.

Stress, as you may be well aware, can cause your skin to do weird things like break out in acne or hives — which, cruelly, can cause you even more stress,  a recent article on the report by The Huffington Post said.

Who knows — someday, perhaps it'll become common for a teenager to have her acne treated with some kind of topical cream as well as hypnosis, and maybe a support group, too.

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