Skin Disorders by Dr. Michelle Strydom
Many skin disorders are highly related to the fear of man, including people who blush very easily. We are so afraid of what other people think about us. One of the fastest growing psychiatric disorders in America today is something called “social anxiety”. 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with this problem. Social anxiety is the fear of man and what he thinks about you. There is a fear of rejection and
fear of failure that comes and an insecurity that doesn’t let you feel safe about yourself with others.
Skin disorders can also be a manifestation of a problem with your “covering”
which could be for example your father or your husband. This issue of an
unloving father and husband is big in disease – it is the foundation of over 70
incurable diseases. I have discussed this in depth on page 46 under the heading
“Separation from God’s Love”. Your covering can also include your leadership
in your church or somebody that you work for. When you have a breach
in these relationships, you have fear. This is explained in a discussion on 1 John 4 v 18
Furthermore, your skin will not be in a good condition when you are not looking after your body through healthy eating, exercise and adequate rest. I discuss this issue on page 560 under the heading
“Look After Your Temple”.
The terms “eczema” and “dermatitis” are synonymous. The word ‘eczema’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘to bubble up’. This is a good description of the red, scaly, itchy rash on the skin which can involve papules, vesicles and rarely large blisters. The skin becomes inflamed and dry. It can also crack and bleed.
The skin becomes tender and is often complicated by a secondary infection. Eczema is caused by a combination of fear and self-rejection upstream in a person’s thought life.
Most of the time eczema is an allergic reaction in the skin. The physical and spiritual dynamics behind allergies is explained in depth in the chapter
Eczema is commonly genetically inherited where a person has a genetic predisposition to form excessive amounts of IgE antibodies (I explained the role of IgE antibodies in an allergic reaction in the chapter I’ve just referred you to). If other family members have also suffered from eczema, I recommend that you read the chapter on
“Genetically Inherited Diseases”
Apart from an allergic reaction, eczema can also be caused by a yeast infection with Pityrosporum ovale.
This is characterized by a red scaly rash that classically affects the scalp (dandruff), central face, sides of the nose, eyebrows and central chest. In its milder forms it is the same as dandruff, whereas when severe it may resemble psoriasis. This infection was able to develop because the immune system was weakened as a result of fear, anxiety and stress.
Many skin disorders are highly related to the fear of man and what he
thinks about you.
In some cases eczema is associated with alcohol excess.
Eczema can also be caused by repeated rubbing or scratching, as a habit or in response to stress. Common sites in this case include the nape of the neck, the lower legs and anogenital area.
To permanently eradicate eczema, you need to deal with the toxic mindset causing it. The following two chapters will help you:
• “Dealing With Fear, Anxiety And Stress” .
• “Who You Are In Christ” – building a healthy self-esteem starts with knowing who you are in Christ and establishing your identity and sense of self worth in Him. You need to see yourself as God sees you.
Acne usually affects the face, shoulders, upper chest and back. It develops primarily in teenagers, but can persist into a person’s thirties, especially in females. For many years the medical community believed that acne was just a result of excessive oil production in the skin due to the hormonal surge in puberty. Medical research has now made a very interesting discovery: acne is a fear, anxiety and stress disorder related to peer pressure (fear of man and fear of rejection). Children with acne are afraid of other children. There is a background teaching on how long term fear, anxiety and stress affect the body in general in the chapter
You need to first read through this to get an understanding of the
different stages of stress and the sequence of physical reactions that occur as a result of fear, anxiety and stress in a person’s thought life.
Thoughts of fear (in this case fear of man/fear of rejection due to peer pressure) trigger a cascade of electrical and chemical reactions that lead to the release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys. These stress hormones (adrenalin and cortisol) increase the secretion of a chemical called histamine. The production of oil in the skin is also increased. Histamine causes inflammation (redness and swelling) by increasing the permeability of the blood vessel walls so that fluid from the
blood leaks out of the blood vessels into the surrounding tissue in the skin. There are glands in your skin that produce oil and sweat. The oil and sweat is released onto the outside of the skin via a duct. The swelling caused by histamine and the increase in the amount of oils being produced causes the ducts to become blocked. These blocked ducts then become infected with bacteria (called Proprionibacterium Acnes) which cause further inflammation and swelling which forms the characteristic pustules of acne.
Acne can also be a side effect of some medical drugs, for example, corticosteroids, lithium, oral contraceptives and anticonvulsants.
The bottom line is if you want to get rid of acne, you have got to get rid of the fear of man.
Proverbs 29 v 25: “The fear of man brings a snare, but the man who leans on, trusts in and is confident in the Lord, shall be safe and set on high.”
Your security, identity and sense of self worth should be rooted in who you are in Christ. Your acceptance and approval comes from God, not from man. Turn to page 498.
Psoriasis is a non-infectious chronic inflammatory disease of the skin. It is characterized by a red rash that has well defined margins, with silvery-white scales. When these scales are scraped off, it reveals a series of small bleeding points. The elbows, knees, lower back, scalp, nails, skin folds under the breast and
arm pits and the palms of the hands are commonly involved. The first appearance is often at the site of trauma such as a surgical wound. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which means that the body’s own immune system attacks and destroys the tissue in the skin. Therefore you need to first read through the chapter on autoimmune diseases on page 200 which has essential background knowledge.
There are two different patterns of psoriasis: The first type develops in teenage or early adult years. In this case it is often genetically inherited. Up to 80% of psoriasis cases can have a genetically inherited component to them. If this applies to you, you also need to read through the chapter on genetically inherited
diseases . The second type of psoriasis only develops when a person in 50 or 60 years old.
This is less commonly genetically inherited.
As you read in the chapter about autoimmune diseases, when you attack yourself spiritually with thoughts of self-hatred and a low self-esteem, your brain eventually converts that into a physical reaction.
The result is the body attacking and destroying its own body tissue, which in this case is the skin. The damage from the immune system causes inflammation which leads to the redness and swelling. The cells of the immune system also release chemicals that cause the cells in the skin to multiply more quickly; this is why the nails of people with psoriasis grow faster than normal people. Abnormal immature skin cells
are formed because the multiplication process is abnormal. These abnormal skin cells are what forms the silvery scales. The life of the skin cells is also shortened from the normal 28 days to about 5 days.
Rosacea is a condition where there is redness and small papules or pustules on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. The physical and spiritual dynamics behind rosacea and psoriasis are the same. Rosacea also has an autoimmune component to it and is a result of a low self-esteem, self-hatred, self-rejection,
self-condemnation and/or guilt. To understand autoimmune diseases
Dealing With Psoriasis And Rosacea
Fear, anxiety and stress in a person’s thought life will exacerbate or contribute to the development of psoriasis. If this applies to you – I also recommend that you read through the chapter which explains the effects of long term fear, anxiety and stress on the body
To be healed of psoriasis and rosacea, you need to renew your mind with the Word and change your thinking concerning how you see yourself. Building a healthy self-esteem starts with knowing who you are in Christ and establishing your identity and sense of self worth in Him. You need to learn to see yourself as God sees you. When you are thinking correctly in this area, your immune system will recover and function
as God originally designed it to. It will attack the true enemy which is harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, cancer cells etc and will no longer attack its own body tissue. Then the psoriasis and rosacea will disappear.
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