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Acne and emotions: the true psychological impact of acne

Acne is a problem that the majority of us will face at some point in our lives: some 80% of teens and close to 40% of adult women are affected.1
Previously dubbed a harmless right of passage, doctors are increasingly recognizing its true consequences on patients' confidence and self-esteem.

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"It tends to strike in adolescence, just when people are at their most vulnerable. Teenage years are all about learning who you are and forging bonds with your peers - acne can interfere with that process. The condition is not dangerous, but it can leave teens feeling uncomfortable in their own skin. Both self-image and self-esteem can suffer," explains dermatologist Dr. Philippe Beaulieu.

Indeed, many studies have shown that acne sufferers display symptoms of both anxiety and depression, as well as feelings of low self-worth. It can even affect performance at work or school.2
The condition has such profound effects that doctors have invented assessment tools to measure its impact on patients, such as the Acne Disability Index (ADI).

And these effects can span decades, since acne does not miraculously stop when you turn 18! In fact, increasing numbers of adult women are suffering from the condition. Jaded by recurrent breakouts throughout adult life, many simply give up on treatment, and suffer on in silence - especially since the psychological consequences of acne are not proportional to its severity.
The condition has such profound effects that doctors have invented assessment tools to measure its impact on patients, such as the Acne Disability Index (ADI).

"When a new patient comes through my door, I always tell them they've already taken the most important step - seeking help and not going it alone. As a team, we work towards clearer skin and a brighter outlook on life. That's what makes my job so rewarding!"

1Ann Dermatol Venereol. 2010 Nov;137 Suppl 2:S49-51. doi: 10.1016/S0151-9638(10)70024-7. [Recent data on epidemiology of acne]. Dréno B.
2The psychological and emotional impact of acne and the effect of treatment with isotretinoin. Br J Dermatol 1999; 140:273-82.
Kellett SC, Gawkrodger DJ.

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