28 Aug Acne and Depression Strongly Linked
Acne can be much more than an embarrassing and painful condition. Spectrum Dermatology, ranked Top Doc in 2017 and 2018, has seen a number of acne sufferers who experience increased rates of depression due to their acne. According to CNN, acne and depression “feed on one another,” and this theory is supported by a number of studies.
However, the connection between acne and depression is not as straightforward as many people think. It is particularly prevalent in teens, and in some cases may be attributed to ingredients in certain acne medications. Others, such as researchers who published their findings in the British Medical Journal, say that acne itself increases the risk of depression and even suicide attempts.
Acne and A History Of Depression and Scarring
The skin is the biggest organ of the body, and it’s how people introduce themselves to the world. Although teens are often associated with acne, it can happen to anyone at any point in their lives. Hormones and genetics certainly play a role, but acne can also be caused by bacteria in clogged pores and an increase in oil production. Still, just because a person has acne does not mean their face is “dirty.”
It is unsurprising that teenagers with acne report higher incidents of depression compared to adults. The teen years are rough, and they are more likely to be made fun of by their peers while simultaneously depending on external validation to assess their self-worth. According to psychologist Bobbie McDonald, even when acne remains after high school, depression rates begin to lower. Teens begin to redefine themselves in more positive ways beyond the state of their skin.
Although self-esteem gets better post-high school, it remains a fact that acne and depression have a close, complicated relationship. Diagnosable depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain, and it can become exacerbated with tertiary issues such as acne. In some cases, treating acne can help to relieve depression. However, a person with diagnosable depression requires treatment from a mental health professional.