Acne is not just skin deep – Acne commonly develops at a time when a young person is undergoing changes associated with puberty and dealing with social stresses of high school and dating. Facial acne affects an individual’s self-esteem and social interactions and severe acne is linked to suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. A recent epidemiologic study has also found an increased frequency of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in those with acne. Adolescent acne should therefore not be considered a condition that a person will “grow out of” but rather a condition which can be associated with impaired mental well-being. Seeking treatment for the associated psychological conditions as well as the readily apparent skin manifestations is essential to the overall wellbeing of the affected individual.
April 2014, Vol. 25, No. 2 , Pages 115-118 (doi:10.3109/09546634.2012.736021)
Madhulika A. Gupta 1, Aditya K. Gupta 2 & Branka Vujcic 1
By Franziska Ringpfeil MD. – Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology – http://www.ringpfeildermatology.com