New study finds a link between acne and depression

People with acne have high risk of depression

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However, they advised doctors to carefully monitor their patients for depression and seek proper treatment if necessary.

The study was based on data and self-reports taken from the The Health Improvement Network database.

The study followed 134,427 patients with acne and 1,731,608 without, and the majority were aged under 19 at the starting of the study.

After monitoring the subjects for 15 years, it was revealed that 18.5 percent of those with acne are at a risk of developing major depression while 12 percent of those without acne are at a risk to the mental health issue. They were also less likely to use alcohol or be obese.

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"This study highlights an important link between skin disease and mental illness", the paper's lead author, Dr. Isabelle Vallerand, told Science Daily.

Given the results, physicians may need to screen patients with acne for possible symptoms of a mood disorder. Teens, in particular, are vulnerable to the emotional impacts of acne. Acne-prone people, however, saw their depression vanish after about 5 years since the initial diagnosis. "Studies have also found that clearing acne can relieve depression and anxiety".

Do you suffer from acne? "Being social and being able to share anxiety with friends helps". In one study, researchers found that nearly 20 percent of those with psoriasis suffer from some form of depression. The risk for depression was strongest in the first five years after an acne diagnosis and especially high in the first year after the diagnosis-at a 63 percent increased risk of depression in sufferers versus non-acne sufferers. A 2016 twin study shows that people who had acne in their teen years tend to preserve their youthful look longer than their clear-skinned peers.

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