It’s difficult enough adjusting to physical and emotional changes when you’re a teenager and young adult, without also feeling embarrassed and self-conscious about your skin.
Studies have shown acne can cause poor self-image, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety and depression.
It seems the worse the acne, the worse the consequences.
The good news is, effective acne treatment can help turn this around and start to improve your feelings of happiness and wellbeing.
So, if you’re feeling really down or depressed about your acne, talk to your doctor for advice. It’s important not to delay seeking help.
It’s also a good idea for family and friends of people with acne to be on the lookout for depressive symptoms.
Concerning signs might include less interaction with friends or avoiding social situations. If you’re concerned about someone, encourage them to seek medical help.
““Having bad acne completely changed my personality. I started not looking people in the eye when talking; instead I would look down to the ground. I stopped going out socially because I was just too embarrassed about my acne.”
– Penelope, 42