New study finds a link between acne and depression


Canadian investigators have found that the risk for major depression is greatest within a year of acne diagnosis, when it is 63% higher than those without acne.

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

To do so, they assessed data from the Health Improvement Network, the largest electronic medical records database in the world, and they examined information from 1986 to 2012.

Acne is more likely to cause depression a year after the condition appears, according to a latest research.

"Given the tremendous burden of MDD and its temporal association with active acne, it is critical that physicians monitor mood symptoms in patients with acne and initiate prompt MDD management or seek consultation from a psychiatrist when needed", the authors write.

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

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

Again, these numbers won't be shocking to anyone who has struggled with their skin, but it's also interesting to consider the idea that the connection has more to do with inflammation than the low self-esteem or social isolation that can sometimes accompany acne.

Besides getting treatment, there are also other ways to deal with acne. "But it's a much better idea to be around other people", NY dermatologist Whitney Bowe advised.

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

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