Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? It is, in terms of both surface area – about 2 square yards, and weight – between 6 and 9 pounds.
Your skin also separates the inside of your body from the outside world. It holds body fluids in, preventing dehydration, protects you from viruses and bacteria, and keeps your body temperature even. In addition, your skin expresses emotions detectable by others through coldness, pallor, “goose bumps”, warmth, redness, or sweating.
Skin disorders vary greatly in severity and symptoms. They can be permanent or temporary and may be painful or painless. Some skin conditions are minor and others can be life-threatening. Some have situational causes, while others may be genetic.
Here are the spiritual meaning, causes, and healing of acne, psoriasis, vitiligo and skin cancer, four of the most common skin conditions:
Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disorder that causes pimples when the passageway that links the skin’s pores to the oil glands becomes clogged. Acne is not just pimples on the face; it’s blackheads, nodules, and cysts, too. Occasionally, it is found on the chest and back.
Acne can affect people of all ages and all races. It most usually affects young adults and adolescents, although there are adults in their fifties who still get this skin disorder.
Certain medicines, such as lithium or corticosteroids, can cause acne to develop. Moreover, the acne and milk effect is well documented in the medical literature. In the last decade or so, numerous studies have found a strong connection between the consumption of milk and increased occurrence of acne.
If you suffer from this skin condition, it is a clear sign that something inside you, which you have been suppressing out of insecurity, fear, or shame, is trying to break through and become visible: chronic feelings of perfectionism, embarrassment, guilt, or shame.
This is a skin disease that causes scaling and swelling, frequently thick red skin patches with silvery scales are seen. This happens due to the fact that in this case, the skin is reproducing ten times faster than normal skin. It appears on different parts of the body such as the knees, elbow, back, scalp, and other places too. This disease most likely has a genetic component, as nearly 50% of patients have family members with psoriasis.
Some other triggers known to impact psoriasis symptoms include – injury to the skin (scrapes, cuts, severe sunburns, bug bites), stress, certain medications (such as lithium, antimalarial drugs, high blood pressure medications, and iodides) or infection (such as thrush or strep throat).
A spiritual cause of psoriasis can be over-reacting to a perceived threat. Also, when psoriasis patients are overwhelmed, they’ll become self-critical and judgmental to the point of creating self-destructive behavior.
Vitiligo is a skin condition in which the cells that produce skin color (melanocytes) no longer function correctly. Also, some of the cells are attacked by the immune system. This skin disease can affect the hair, inside of the mouth, and eyes. In the majority of cases, the affected areas remain discolored for the rest of the individual’s life. This disease is not transmittable, therefore, it is not contagious, people cannot catch it from each other.
Spiritual causes of Vitiligo include a fear of losing, or of not finding, one’s identity and role in life and a lack of self-love (as this skin condition is an autoimmune disorder).
Skin cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in the U.S. More than 2 million cases of this serious skin condition are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. Two more severe forms of skin cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell. Fair-skinned people have a greater risk than brown- or black-skinned people. This is because the pigment in darker skin gives a greater protection to the skin.
Ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer, but the ultraviolet light from tanning beds is just as harmful. Other causes of skin cancer include – scars from burns or disease, repeated X-ray exposure, and occupational exposure to certain chemicals.
It is very usual for individuals with skin cancer to have a long-standing tendency to suppress negative emotions, especially anger. Commonly beginning in childhood, this individual has held in their hostility and other negative emotions.
Healing affirmations for skin disease:
”I am healthy and whole.”
”I am relaxing. My body is relaxing.”
”Every part of my body functions perfectly.”
”I respect my body and I respect myself.”
”I listen to my body’s messages with love.”