What is it like for Sensitive skin?
Luder Yachens: Sensitive skin has a barrier function because its protective hydrolipid membrane is unstable and easily irritable, which often means the skin is dry. In the case of dry skin, the nervous system is over-expressed. This gives rise to impulses that focus more on disintegration than on building. This is one of the reasons why the skin surface lacks lipids. Therefore it loses more moisture, more dry skin, and as a result of environmental factors, it quickly becomes over-stretched. Changes can also be caused by prolonged exposure to water – after a shower, you may feel itchy or itchy skin. Sensitive skin needs careful care to maintain its fragile equilibrium.
Do many people have problems with sensitive skin?
Lee: The number of people with sensitive skin has increased significantly in recent decades. I think the main reason for this is the Western lifestyle with the pressure of its competition, the constant speed, and the overall impression that time is never enough. Excessive sensations, if not processed, strain the nervous system and may, in a literal sense, penetrate your skin. Some people are “thick-skinned”, but this is not the case for people with sensitive skin whose reaction to such conditions is redness, burning, swelling and other irritations.
“People with sensitive skin are often observant and clever and can quickly understand everything around them.”
How does your skin reflect your sleeping condition?
Lee: The skin and the trunk connect the nervous system. So the nervous tension is immediately reflected on the skin. Some people experience stress due to a rash, such as an eye or a spinal cord; Others have problems with metabolism and this is reflected in the skin condition. As a dermatologist, you learn how to find the connection between your skin and your emotional state, especially when official medicine is complemented by anthroposophical ideas about human beings.
How does Anthroposophy change your view of skin?
Lee: The starting point is that we all represent a unity of body, body, and soul. Dermatology nowadays focused on its analytical approach focuses solely on the physical skin and its symptoms – separating it from the creatures to which it belongs. In contrast, the anthroposophist is treating the person as a whole in the process of treatment.
The skin is, of course, sensory and our largest organ, but apart from this obvious fact, it can be seen that the whole human body is affected – its nervous system, metabolism, and limb system, as well as the rhythmic system that connects to the heart and lungs. Understanding this connection makes it possible to make a diagnosis.
“An excellent analogy for this is the almond: it directs the light and heat from the outside to its deeply concealed heart, where the tender almond seeds ripen under a firm shell.”
“The interior is external,” wrote German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. What does sensitive human skin indicate?
Lee: People with sensitive skin are often observant and clever and can quickly understand everything around them. They are sensitive and respond immediately to external irritants. Such people find it easy to get promoted at work, but it is an added stress for them because they are not self-confident and focused only on their own well-being, as those with thicker skin. These people usually have a neurotic constitution, love a planned life, and mostly act on the dictates of the mind. They think a lot, especially when faced with unexpected or difficult situations in daily life.
From an anthroposophical point of view, they are predominantly concentrated in the nervous system. To gain equilibrium, they need to be more in touch with their own feelings and express their will.
How should they be able to do this?
Lee: They need to find activities that will help them explore their feelings. For example, they can do the painting. Color perception causes sensory activity, which is usually performed automatically. When drawing, a person is allowed to express his feelings – he looks at himself and learns to respond to the impression he receives from color.
Almonds are also a great way to use them: As a member of the rose family, the almond tree is the most generous creature in the plant world. He directs the light and heat from the outside to his deep-seated heart, where the tender almond seeds ripen under a firm bush. The precious almond oil extracted from her ripe heart, after being applied to the skin, surrounds it and provides protection. This, in turn, allows the sensitive person to remain calm and concentrated in the sometimes depressing demands of everyday life.