Acne Patients are At a Higher Risk of Depression

Acne Can Increase the Risk for Depression

Acne Can Increase the Risk for Depression

Scientists in the United Kingdom, publishing this week in the British Journal of Dermatology, shared findings that clearly showed an increased risk of experiencing major depression in those with acne, as compared to those without.

After monitoring the subjects for 15 years, it was revealed that 18.5 percent of those with acne are at a risk of developing major depression while 12 percent of those without acne are at a risk to the mental health issue.

Reuters/File PhotoAccording to a recent study, people with acne are more prone to depression.

In following 1,731,608 young men and women with no acne, and 134,427, with, over a 15 year period, researchers found that those suffering from acne were an incredible 63 per cent more likely to experience bouts of major depression within one year of an acne diagnosis, as compared to those whose skin was acne-free.

Study authors recommend physicians to track their patients' mood changes and the risk of depression when they come visit them with an acne problem. They were also less likely to use alcohol or be obese.

The researchers found that the risk of major depression was particularly high in the year following acne diagnosis, reducing thereafter.

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"This study highlights an important link between skin disease and mental illness".

"It shows just how impactful our skin can be towards our overall mental health", Vallerand said.

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 findings indicated that the risk of depression was highest after a year of developing acne.

Researchers underlined that the health of our skin has a huge impact on our mental health.

A whopping 60 million Americans in the USA suffer from acne, 20 percent of whom are adults while 85 percent are teens and college-aged young adults between ages 12 and 24. Psoriasis, another skin problem, has always been associated with mental health issues.

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