理事長挨拶

日本化粧療法医学会 理事長挨拶

 

 化粧は医学・医療にどこまで貢献できるだろうか? 

 

 地球生態系の頂点に立つ人類は、英知を結集し、共同生活を基本とし他の生物を制御し今日の繁栄を迎えている。人類は現代人が想像するはるか以前から化粧をしていたに違いない。もちろんその化粧手段は現在とは大きく異なっているとしても!我々人間は美しいものを見ると、脳の辺縁系のある部位が活性化されることが近年fMRIで証明されている。つまり、人類は石器時代以前から美しいものを見ると幸福感を味わうことを知っていたに違いない。だから、自己を美しく見せる一つとして化粧が工夫され男女を問わず楽しんできたと思われる。エジプト文明でも髪型に特徴があることから、時代による美に関する意識の違いはあったものと想像される。 

 

 ところで、わが国では現在でもまだ、化粧は医療として一般に広まっていない。私が留学していた45年前の英国ロンドンの病院では、すでに当たり前のように入院患者さんに化粧を施し、見舞いに来る人たちと明るく面会できるよう側面から支えていた。化粧の専門家が会話を弾ませ、各個人の好みに合わせた化粧をしていた。その患者さんの明るい笑顔や楽しそうに話す様子が今も頭から離れない。それは、「きっとその患者さんの心は明るくなったに違いない。」「きっと病気に立ち向かっていく精神力を生むに違いない。」と化粧の持つ底知れぬ力を感じたからだ。化粧が人の心を活性化しているのは間違いないことだ。 

 

 近年、ようやくわが国にも高齢者が集団で生活している高齢者施設にて、化粧の知識と技術を持った人が、高齢女性に化粧を施し、彼女たちの表情や心を明るくする支援グループの姿を見かけるようになった。そして最近、素晴らしい発見があった。高齢女性の化粧だけではなく、視力を失った人の化粧として話題となっているブラインドメイクは、視力がないにもかかわらず化粧を施すことで心が明るく、また、生き方や考え方が積極的になることも明らかになってきた。このことが眼科の医療現場で行われている。こうした社会的背景の下、化粧を医学として位置づける学問として確立する必要があると考え、2018年12月5日に「日本化粧療法医学会」を立ち上げることになった。 

 

 学会の目指すところは、①化粧が皮膚その他の臓器に与える影響を科学的に明らかにする、②化粧がどこまで人の心を活性化し、高齢者の健康な生活支援に有用であるかを医学的に実証する、③人類が地球上で安心して使える環境にやさしい追跡可能な化粧品を提案する、④皮膚機能を高め若さを維持する化粧に関する研究等を遂行し、化粧の社会的価値感を高め人類の幸せに貢献する。そのため、本学会は、化粧に関わる多種専門家、研究者、企業者を対象とした学術集会を毎年開催し、基礎研究、治療法、治療現場の実際などの新知見を発表し、その成果をもとに化粧の持つ健康への効果とその安全性を広く一般に発信し、国民の健康に役立つことを目標とする。 

日本化粧療法医学会設立の趣旨に賛同いただける多くの方々と学会の場で議論できることを楽しみにしている。 

 

 化粧療法で人をどれほど幸福にできるのか? 

 また、世界のだれもが親しく笑顔で付き合える魔法の化粧療法を求めたい! 

 

 

2018年12月5日

ichihashi_175-250px

日本化粧療法医学会

理事長 市橋正光

How much can cosmetic makeup and skin care contribute to medical science and healthcare?
The human race, as it stands atop the ecological system on earth, has attained its present prosperity through the gathering of wisdom, a communal life, and control of other living things. In terms of makeup, human beings must have begun using it much earlier in the past than we have ever imagined. Needless to say, the methods must have differed greatly from today! Recently, it has been proved by fMRI that a certain part of the limbic system in the brain becomes activated when human beings see beautiful things. This leads to the notion that human beings, even before the Stone Age, must have known that the sight of something beautiful brought a sense of euphoria. Due as such, it can be assumed that this is why makeup was developed and enjoyed by people, regardless of gender, as one reason to make themselves look beautiful. As with the distinctive hairstyles of the Egyptian civilization, it can be conceived that the sense of aesthetic differed from era to era.
Having said that, even in modern day Japan, makeup and skin care is are not widely used as a form of medical treatment. During my time studying in London 45 years ago, makeup was already commonly applied to patients at hospitals as a means of support, so that the patients could welcome their visitors in cheerful spirits. Makeup specialists will often hold lively conversations with them and applied the makeup that best suited their tastes. I still remember the bright smiles of those patients and the way they happily talked. It is because I felt the limitless power of makeup and thought it “must have brightened up the hearts of patients” and “would bring forth the mental strength to fight diseases”. It is undeniable that makeup affects the hearts of people in a positive manner.
In recent years, we have finally started seeing people with a good deal of makeup knowledge and techniques of cosmetic in our country form support groups to apply makeup to elderly women in order to brighten their expressions and hearts at facilities where they lead communal lives. In addition, there has been a wonderful finding recently. It has been recently discovered that not only is cosmetic care of makeup makes for elderly women socially positive, but making attention is the study clinical trial of that makeup for people with visual handicap made them positive in life and active in for the optically challenged reinforces the positivity and their standard of living. not to mention thinking more proactively, even without their sense of sight. Makeup is now incorporated into practice in the field of ophthalmology. Under these social backgrounds, there was consideration for the need to establish makeup as a study in the medical field. This led to the foundation of “The Japanese Society of Cosmetic Medicine” on December 5th, 2018.
The society aims to (1) scientifically reveal the influences of cosmetic makeup and basic care on skin and other organs, (2) medically and scientifically demonstrate how much cosmetics makeup activates the human mind and how useful it can be to support the healthy livelihood of the elderly, (3) propose environment-friendly and traceable cosmetics makeup products that people can use without worry, and (4) raise the social values regarding cosmetics makeup and contribute to the happiness of humanity by researching cosmetics makeup that enhances skin functions and maintain youth. The goal of the society is to contribute to the health of citizens by annually holding an academic conference intended for a variety of specialists, researchers and entrepreneurs related to cosmetics makeup, and announce new findings from basic researches, medical treatments, real facts at the medical front, and popularize the effect of healthy and safe cosmetics makeup has to health, and its safety.
We look forward to holding discussions at conferences with any who agree with the purpose and philosophy behind The Japanese Society of Cosmetic Medicine.
How much can cosmetics makeup remedy bring happiness to people?
We are striving to find that “special(magical)” cosmetic makeup remedy that will enable the whole world to interact more closely to one another with a smile!