I'm not usually the type to write on forums or even post anything on the internet so I suppose the fact that I am now shows my level of desperation. I found Dr. Sarno's book Healing Back Pain my sophomore year of college when doctor after doctor told me I had a herniated disc/stenosis/spondy and basically that I would never be 100% again. One doctor told me the military wouldn't even accept me if they saw my MRI. I refused to accept this. And so I read the book, bought into the message (had no choice), and I went into the weight room the next day and deadlifted the type of weight I would if nothing was wrong. My back has been absolutely perfect since, no sciatica, no pain, no nothing. So the issue is that even though it worked for my back, I'm having a lot of trouble with fixing my skin. I have a horrible rash on my face/forehead. It may have started as eczema, then thought it was rosacea because it was just redness broken capillaries on my cheeks, and then it emerged into something called seborrhea which is a type of dermatitis I believe. Anyway it progressively got worse throughout my sophomore year of college. And now it's pretty damn bad, flares up real easily, sweat and heat aggrevate it so I'm definitely living in constant fear which I know is what Sarno warns about. I also stopped doing certain activities that I like because of it, I stopped working out because it would flare with the sweat, skip parties, didn't swim much this summer, water aggrevates so Showering sucks also, I lay low in class, hide my face, incredibly less outgoing when it's real bad. So you could say it controls my life in many ways. I found it was much easier for me to nut up and deadlift and say fuck the pain than it is to say fuck it if my skin is red. I just transferred to a larger university, I'm meeting new people, joining new groups, if I say screw it and start doing my usual thing like working out and acting like its not there, my face could very well reach a whole new level of bad and that'll be a bit too much for me to handle in a situation like college. So i guess I'm writing this because I'm asking how other people have overcome skin issues or any tms (equivalents) that have had a special type of hold on them. Dr. Sarno goes into depth on how tms works but he lists skin problems as tms equivalents and doesn't explain what happens in the body to make my Seb Derm occur. I've always had skin problems for as long as I can remember and it's just been a real good way my mind has protected me from my repressed emotions I guess because the unsightliness affects me so much and garners so much of my attention. So any tips about how I could maybe beat this without making it way worse first would be great, success stories are welcome(bought Steve O's book just to read like a sentence about him beating Rosacea), and any possible explanation on how the mind would have my skin react in such a way would help too (immune system I think?). If you read this far, thank you very much for the time! * I should add that when I'm less stressed my skin gets better, was semi decent the whole week before I left for school and within a day of being here it got real bad. I literally felt it coming on, I was trying to tell it no but my fear of it coming on was just too great.