Acne Causes Depression, Low Self-Esteem in Adolescents

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While this may not be breaking news to the millions of teens who suffer with acne – a new study has revealed that acne, low self-esteem and depression are all related.

"Acne has a huge impact on people's lives," said review co-author Dr. Steven R. Feldman, a professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. "It's something worth treating," he added, and not just because it can lead to permanent scarring.

Feldman’s studies began because of a desire to prove a link between skin diseases and other bodily conditions. These conditions include, but aren’t limited to, heart disease, arthritis, mental illness and various other physical problems.

In this study, researchers studied 16 other case studies that analyzed the impact of acne on quality of life and mental health of adolescents. Then, the severity of these issues were compared to the amount of acne and duration of the acne experienced by the adolescent in question.

As per the results, 9 percent of teens who suffered from acne showed signs of depression. That rate, of course, is three to four times higher than the general population’s rate of depression.

The findings from this review were published in the Dermatology Online Journal.

 
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