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Emotional Effects of Acne: Depression in 1 Year and 8 Tips To Conquer

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Canadian research suggests the risk of depression is particularly high in the year following the diagnosis of acne. Emotional effects particularly hit hard after a year if not treated.


Acne increases the risk of depression, according to results of a study published in the medical journal British Journal of Dermatology.

Researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada conducted a meta-analysis based on primary health care data collected in the United Kingdom from 1986 to 2012 (Health Improvement Network (THIN), to link disorders Dermatological and psychosocial risks. Among the participants followed for 15 years, 134,427 lived with acne and 1,731,608 people did not.

Despite the emotional effects of Acne, it appears that nearly one-third of the people affected do not seek treatment.

The Risk of Depression in People With Acne

The results of the study showed that the risk of major depression was higher in the year following the diagnosis of acne, a 63% higher probability compared to people without acne. The danger of developing major depression is 18.5% for acne patients and 12% without dermatological problems.

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The reasons are not so difficult to find. In adolescence, a period of many upheavals, the most visible part of the body - namely the face - is invaded by lesions that can be difficult to deal with.

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Teen years are already difficult because you're going through physical and emotional changes. Acne compounds these sensitive transitions by lowering your self-esteem and making you worry more about your image. This can lead to depression and anxiety.

8 Ways To Conquer Acne

1. Exercise
2. Safe Cosmetics
3. Health Diet
4. Hormonal Treatment
5. Healthy Skin Regimen
6. Acne Products
7. Shaving
8. Stress

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