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Acne Can Increase the Risk for Depression

Acne Can Increase the Risk for Depression

Acne-prone people, however, saw their depression vanish after about 5 years since the initial diagnosis.

The American Academy of Dermatology said that people with acne report that their skin makes them feel self-conscious, embarrassed and unattractive, which cause some individuals to avoid socializing with other people, participating in class or getting a part-time job.

People with acne are at an increased risk of suffering from depression, new research finds.

According to British researchers, there is a link between acne and the mental health disorder.

To do so, they assessed data from the Health Improvement Network, the largest electronic medical records database in the world, and they examined information from 1986 to 2012.




Researchers followed almost 135,000 people with acne, and over 1,731,000 people without, for a period of 15 years.

The study also found that acne suffers were most likely to be female, younger, nonsmokers and of higher socioeconomic status but were less likely to use alcohol or be obese. Though most of those involved in the study were between the ages of 7 and 50 at the onset, most were below the age of 19.

Over the 15-year study period, the probability of developing major depression was 18.5 percent among patients with acne and 12 percent in those without.

"Given the tremendous burden of MDD and its temporal association with active acne, it is critical that physicians monitor mood symptoms in patients with acne and initiate prompt MDD management or seek consultation from a psychiatrist when needed", the authors write. The mental health concerns should be taken seriously, researcher warned.

"For these patients with acne, it is more than a skin blemish", Vallerand said.


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