Chronic, inflammatory skin conditions, such as psoriasis, rosacea or acne, can cause a great deal of stress and have a negative effect on a person’s overall well-being. Conversely, stress can cause worsening of skin ailments. Research has proven the complex link between the skin and the psyche, including the role of stress. In addition to traditional dermatologic therapies, Chelsea Skin & Laser recommends patients try stress-management strategies to help improve these conditions. Meditation, yoga, hypnosis, tai chi, massage, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, antidepressants and beta blockers are a few ways to help reduce your stress. Stress management is effective on many levels making patients feel empowered, more confident and in control, which can make them more likely to comply with a treatment plan for their skin condition and see improvement faster.