Zit-pop psychology: you may need a therapist for troubled skin


Zit-pop psychology: you may need a therapist for troubled skin

When stress is written all over your face, talking about it can bring about clarity of skin and mind

Zanele Kumalo

A couple of months ago, as lockdown restrictions tightened, I found myself at one end of a WhatsApp video call, couch-bound and tissue box at the ready, talking emotional triggers.

I wasn’t chatting with a friend or psychologist nor was it pillow talk with a lover. On the other end was a dermatologist who works at Dr P Aesthetic Lifestyle Centre, in Hyde Park Shopping Corner, and we were in the middle of an online consultation unpacking relationship and work dilemmas.

It seems that my skin issues were bringing up other issues, and there was a lot to talk about. Unpaid invoices, managing shifting friendships, a virus lurking beyond what your eyes could see — multiple anxieties and stresses. I didn’t realise it then, but essentially, I’d unknowingly hopped on to the “talking cure” trend — one of the latest beauty treatments being touted by the Financial Times (https://www.ft.com/content/99ff605f-8631-46bf-85a8-5fb3d2788db2). A beauty treatment that exists by happenstance, one born out of the perfect storm that is Covid-19...

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