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Living Well with a Skin Condition

Living with a skin condition can affect your mood, you might notice that the physical symptoms can feel burdensome, or stress might contribute to a worsening of your symptoms. Skin conditions can also have an impact on your social life, work and relationships. Sometimes you might notice that you feel anxious, low, stressed or embarrassed, or you might have worries about the appearance of your skin condition. Because of how you are feeling you might have stopped doing things you previously enjoyed.

If you have noticed that you are experiencing any of these problems, you can access support from our Health and Wellbeing Service. We can provide practical ways of overcoming stress, anxiety and low mood, and helping to increase your confidence in coping with some of the challenges of having a skin condition.

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Self-Help Resources

A guide for people living with a skin condition, including scars

A free leaflet containing techniques and advice on building confidence for people living with a visible skin condition.

Skin Support by The British Association of Dermatologists

This website contains resources on different skin conditions, including links to support leaflets aimed at building confidence and tackling low mood.  There is also a second site dedicated to providing information on acne (

List of skin support charities provided by The British Association of Dermatologists

There are a number of charities working to support people living with skin conditions, a full list of charities can be found using this website.

Changing Faces

Changing Faces is a national charity supporting people living with conditions which affect appearance, including skin conditions. There are a range of support materials available on the website along with details on how to contact the charity and make a referral.

Health Talk on Skin

On this site you can hear about peoples experience or stories of living with a variety of skin conditions, including acne, Alopecia, Eczema, and Psoriasis.

Living Well with a Skin Condition Course

Living well with a skin condition wellbeing sessions are available to all people who are living with a skin condition who would like to learn practical ways to overcome symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood. The wellbeing sessions can also help to increase confidence in coping with some of the challenges of having a skin condition, and improving general health and wellbeing.

When & Where?

This course runs for 5 weeks with weekly sessions for 2.5 hours (with plenty of breaks). Please use our ‘book now’ button below to take a look through the dates and venues we have available. 

    What can I expect from these sessions?

    Wellbeing sessions are delivered by two NHS professionals. You will have the opportunity to meet others living with skin conditions who may share similar feelings and experiences to you.

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    Find ways of managing the physical symptoms of your skin condition and the impact these symptoms might be having on your mood


    Learn how to manage low mood stress and anxiety


    Deal with worries about your skin condition

    What does each session involve?

    For best results, try to come to every session so you don’t miss any important information.

    An introduction to the links between skin conditions, stress, mood, and quality of life, and beginning to think about ways of improving your wellbeing.
    Learning new ways (such as mindfulness) to manage some of the physical symptoms commonly associated with skin conditions, such as itching and discomfort.
    Learning some practical techniques for managing skin related stress and low mood.
    Gaining support in practicing ways of dealing with unhelpful thoughts related to your feelings about your skin condition, or worries about how other people might see you.
    Developing a personal plan to help you to continue to cope with the skin condition in the future.

    How do I access?

    These Wellbeing sessions are open to all patients with skin conditions that may be visible, uncomfortable and itchy or painful who would like to learn proven techniques to overcome common symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood as well as boosting self-esteem. If you would like to attend a ‘Living Well with Fatigue’ course please use the ‘book now’ link or call 0114 271 6568 to book your free place.

    Additional support is available: don’t forget about others who can offer advice and support including your GP, IAPT workers or your consultant.

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