The effects of acne don't just affect the skin
Acne is a widespread skin condition that affects adolescents particularly often. But even in adulthood, some people still suffer from acne. Doctors have now found that patients with acne have a significantly increased risk of developing severe depression.
The University of Calgary researchers in Canada found that acne increases the likelihood of developing depression. The experts published the results of their study in the English-language journal "British Journal of Dermatology".
What is acne?
Acne often affects teenagers. The skin disease usually lasts only about a year or two and is usually expressed by pimples and blackheads on the face of those affected. However, there is also a so-called clinical acne that can last for five to twenty years. In this form, treatment by specialists is necessary. Acne mostly affects the face, chest and neck because there are a particularly large number of sebaceous glands.
Increased risk of depression most severe in the early years
Doctors not only found that acne caused by pustules, pimples and blackheads affects the body, the skin disease also affects the human psyche. Analyzing one of the largest electronic medical records databases in the world, the researchers found that patients with acne were at significantly higher risk of developing severe depression. However, this only applied in the first five years after the diagnosis of the skin disease. The data evaluated covered the period from 1986 to 2012 and came from The Health Improvement Network (THIN).
In the first year, the risk is increased by 63 percent
In their analysis, the doctors found that the risk of severe depression was highest within one year after the diagnosis of acne. During this period, the risk was increased by 63 percent compared to people without the skin disease, the scientists explain. After that, the increased risk decreased again.
Keep an eye on mood of people with acne
The results of the study show that doctors should monitor mood symptoms in patients with acne in order to initiate immediate treatment for depression if necessary. If necessary, a psychiatrist should be consulted in some cases, the researchers say.
Acne should be taken seriously
“This study highlights an important link between skin diseases and mental illnesses. Given the fact that the risk of depression is highest in the period immediately after the first appearance of acne in patients, it shows the great influence our skin has on mental health, ”said the study author Dr. Isabelle Vallerand from the University of Calgary in Canada in a post on “EurekAlert!”. for the patients with acne, the skin disease is more than a simple skin damage. The acne can cause significant psychological problems and should therefore be taken very seriously, the researchers warn. (as)