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Can Acne Cause Depression?

Acne by itself is a bigger problem than injuries, which keep us away from being a part of social gathering, especially if one is too much conscious about the looks and getups. So, can acne cause depression? Read below and discover about it.

Can Acne Cause Depression?

Can Acne Cause Depression?

Approximately 85% of individual in their age group of 12 years to 25 years, develop acne. Even mild acne could be disappointing for many, especially the teenagers. Acne can really have significant social as well as psychological effects. In a recent study it is found that acne is linked with the development of depression.

It is true that there are several factors that contribute to the occurrence of depression; however acne could also be considered as one of the factors that can cause depression. Acne by itself might not cause depression; however, the psychological impact that mild, moderate or severe acne has on teenagers as well as the adults is really immeasurable. There are a lot of dermatologists as well as other physicians that actually feel that acne might indirectly influence the occurrence of depression in teens, for a variety of reasons. It actually impacts a person’s self-esteem and overall outlook.

It is obvious that people are mostly judged by their appearance and because of this, persons having acne can generate the feelings of anxiety, anger and embarrassment, and even depression. This can further impact their studies, professional as well as their social life.

There are research studies that says that those having acne on their skin, by themselves feel embarrassed, self-conscious and too unattractive. These feelings could make some of the teenagers avoid their usual works, activities, including sports, classes, and even friends’ gathering. Some people even said that acne makes them feel on the edge. It is believed that even mild acne can serious affects one’s emotional health, especially in case of teenage girls.

A study published in the British Journal Of Dermatology, suggests that the probability of developing major depression was about 18.5% among the people having acne and 12% among those who did not suffer from acne. The risk of depression was found to be strongest in the first 5 years after the diagnosis of acne and especially was high in the first year after the acne diagnosis.


It is now clear that acne can indirectly cause depression, especially in teenagers. So, it is always essential for you to get appropriate treatments for acne as well as take best possible preventive measures to keep away from depression and its symptoms. See your doctor for appropriate advice and the best possible steps to treat acne as well as the symptoms of depression caused due to it.


  1. National Institute of Mental Health. (2021). Depression. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
  2. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (2017). Acne. https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/acne
  3. Mental Health America. (2021). Depression in teens. https://www.mhanational.org/conditions/depression-teens

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 18, 2023

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