Your Subconscious Mind and Skin Health

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been doing a massive amount of research into the subconscious mind. Our habits, our beliefs, our actions… they’re all a result of our subconscious mind. We are all very familiar with knowing that the bad habits we develop overtime are hard to kick. That’s because those bad habits have been repeatedly ingrained into our subconscious mind.


In this blog post, I am talking specifically about the skin, but as you read through it, consider how this same idea can apply to ALL areas of our lives, like weight loss, debt, improving our health, etc.

If we believe deep down in any way, shape or form that we are not good enough, our subconscious mind will make us create bad habits that confirm this belief system (like telling us that we’re too busy or too tired to wash our face or go to the gym). In order to break the bad habits, we have to reprogram our subconscious mind, which involves some inner work.

People with skin conditions are often self conscious. They tend to hide away from the world because they don’t feel that they are good enough. They tell themselves (and me) that if they could just clear their skin, they’d feel so much better and more confident. To them, their skin condition IS the cause of their low self esteem.

Yet, these same people often know what needs to be done to clear their skin, such as not picking it, reducing stress, eating better, drinking water, exercising, and sleeping. Some days are great, but most days, they still (subconsciously) CHOOSE the bad habits that are sabotaging their skin, rather than doing the things that would heal it. They want to make the positive changes, but for some reason, it’s so difficult to stay consistent.

Think about that for a minute… Because if we’re feeling down about ourselves, and we know exactly what we need to do to get to the other side, why wouldn’t we just do it? We’re admitting that getting to the other side would make us feel happier and more confident, so why is it so darn hard to consistently make those changes?

The answer is the subconscious mind!

If you are feeling negative about yourself and you know what needs to be done to improve it but you’re not making those changes and don’t understand why, is it really the skin condition that is causing your low self esteem?


are you, without being consciously aware of it at all, subconsciously choosing the bad habits that prevent your skin from clearing because your skin condition confirms your deeply ingrained subconscious belief that you already had that you’re not good enough?

Skin picking is a perfect example of this. Picking your skin causes it to become worse. Skin picking and pimple popping pushes inflammation inwards, it spreads acne to the other pores, it slows the healing process by creating scabs that need more time to heal and it can also cause permanent scarring. We know this, yet so many people who have acne will sit and pick their faces without even realizing that they’re doing it while watching TV or reading a book. In order to stop these habits, we must heal the subconscious belief that is causing this self sabotage or the cycle will continue every time there is improvement in the skin.

This might be deep for some of you, but when I talk about skin health from within, it’s not always just about what you’re eating. Our entire body’s systems are all connected, including our thoughts and emotions. So, when we look at improving our skin health from within, sometimes, it needs to begin even deeper than our physical health, because our physical health is very, very much connected to our emotions. What you ignore emotionally, will eventually show up physically, so it’s vital that we take this into consideration on our healing journey.


About Rachel Devine

Rachel Devine is the founder and skin care formulator of R Devine Organic Skin Care. With a passion and deep understanding of the skin from the inside-out, Rachel goes against beauty industry standards to treat the skin from a holistic, whole-body approach, with focus on the nervous system and lymphatic system in particular. Rather than forcing the skin to act in unnatural ways like most skin care lines, R Devine Skin Care supports the skin's natural processes. The skin is the body's largest organ and it's important to respect that. Rachel is also a certified breathwork coach and guided meditation teacher. She believes the mind-body-soul alignment is vital for both skin health and overall full body health.