As many of us are probably aware, acne (even in moderate cases) can lead to emotional issues including depression. A study in The British Journal of Dermatology investigated just that, finding an increased risk of developing major depression for people who suffer from acne. This analysis included one of the largest electronic medical records databases as well as data from The Health Improvement Network (THIN).
According to the study, the risk for developing depression was highest within the first year of being diagnosed; there was a 63% increased risk in comparison to people without acne. This risk slowly diminished but still remained prevalent through the first five years after being diagnosed.
"This study highlights an important link between skin disease and mental illness," explained the lead author in the study Dr. Isabelle Vallerand, epidemiologist of the University of Clagary. When treating a client that suffers from acne it is advised to monitor their mood symptoms as well as their skin. This way treatment or physician consultation can be initiated if needed.
Overall, the 15-year study period showed that the probability of developing depression was 18.5% in clients who suffered from acne. "For these patients with acne, it is more than a skin blemish–it can impose significant mental health concerns and should be taken seriously," Vallerand explained.