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Can acne lead to depression?

There are many factors that play a role in the development of depression. Although acne in and of itself may not physically cause depression, the psychosocial impact that acne, especially severe acne, has on teenagers and adults is immeasurable. There are certainly dermatologists and other physicians that feel that acne may indirectly influence the development of depression in teens for a variety of reasons. Treatment of acne, regardless of severity, often has a very positive impact on a child's self-esteem and outlook.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Consciously or unconsciously, people often judge each other by appearance. Because of this, acne can cause feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, and even anger. Many people with acne suffer loss of self-esteem and even depression, particularly during acne flares. Acne can result in relationship problems and discrimination at school or in the workplace. That's why it is important to take proactive steps to see a dermatologist early. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in treating skin, hair, and nail conditions. Your doctor can help diagnose and treat acne early when treatment is most effective.

Acne can cause both physical and emotional symptoms, so seeking the advice of a medical professional can be very beneficial. Acne can damage self-confidence, and can ultimately lead to depression in certain cases.

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