Acne Patients are At a Higher Risk of Depression

Acne linked with higher risk of depression       Risk highest in year after diagnosis

Acne linked with higher risk of depression Risk highest in year after diagnosis

However, the risk was at its highest during the first year, with a record of 63 percent increased risk of depression among people with acne.

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. The increased risk of depression for acne-prone patients lasts for five years after their initial onset, the study found. The study used information from a major primary care database in the United Kingdom, gathered between 1986 and 2012 to discover the link between the skin disease and depression.

Also, female patients are more likely to have acne (or to present to a doctor) and are also more likely to develop major depressive disorder, which is consistent with existing literature. However, they advised doctors to carefully monitor their patients for depression and seek proper treatment if necessary.

"This study highlights an important link between skin disease and mental illness", Dr Vallerand says.

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A recent British study found that people affected by acne have a higher risk of developing major depression than those with a naturally clear skin. "It can have a substantial impact on overall mental health".

People with psoriasis are up to two times more likely to be depressed compared with those who do not have it.

"It appears that acne is a lot more than just skin deep". In one study, researchers found that nearly 20 percent of those with psoriasis suffer from some form of depression.

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