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Visible Difference Associated With Disease: Skin Conditions

Christine Bundy

in Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199580521
Published online December 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199580521.013.0029
Visible Difference Associated With Disease: Skin Conditions

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Western society attaches a great deal of importance to the complexion, and beauty is typically defined as an even skin tone that is free from blemishes, independent of skin colour. About 54% of the population are affected by skin disease each year, and 15–25% of primary care consultations are due to skin disease. This article focuses on acne, atopic eczema, vitiligo, psoriasis, and skin cancer as exemplars to highlight the psychosocial impact of an altered appearance due to disease, and considers the provision of psychosocial interventions for those affected.

Keywords: appearance psychology; acne; atopic eczema; vitiligo; psoriasis; skin cancer; skin disease

Article.  7251 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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