Acne is a skin problem that affects many adolescents which can linger well into adulthood and is one of the most common skin conditions dermatologists deal with. It can have negative psychological effects, namely lower self esteem but just how serious is acne? It might be more psychologically problematic than initially thought.
Besides negatively affecting self esteem, recent studies show that its effects are much more serious than initially thought. In teenagers, acne can also lead to depression due to how teens believe others perceive them. In sixteen studies conducted between 2001 and 2010, the results showed that acne increased the risk of developing psychological disorders. In one of the studies conducted by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, women with acne were two times more likely to develop depression than men with acne.
It’s important to note that the development of emotional problems and/or negative impacts on quality of life are on an individual basis as there are indeed people who aren’t bothered by acne. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, if you do have acne a dermatologist can help in dealing with the condition and dramatically improving your complexion.