The Emotional Toll Of Acne

Before we talk about the emotional toll of acne, let me ask the question, “how common is it”?


Well, it turns out to be very common and it is also increasing.


The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) assesses acne vulgaris as having affected 85% of people between the age of 11 and 30 and the incidence is increasing!


Acne is a global issue. It is unknown why the incidence of acne is increasing and various reasons have been suggested, such as the increasing prevalence of a western diet, earlier onset of puberty, genetic drift, and unknown environmental factors.


Global statistics reveal

  • 1 in 5 people who get acne develops scarring.
  • 96% of people with acne reported feeling depressed about their condition.
  • acne causes 31% of sufferers to decline social activities and stay at home.


The British Journal of Dermatology in February 2018 published data showing that in the year following a diagnosis of acne there was a 63% increased likelihood of developing depression as compared to controls.


Individuals with acne often avoid eye contact, grow their hair long (which can exacerbate the acne) to hide their acne, girls can wear thick makeup which also exacerbates the condition.


Truncal acne can reduce participation in sport such as swimming or football where it is necessary to disrobe in a public change room.


Social withdrawal as a result of acne can manifest in difficulty in forming new relationships, school refusal which leads to poor academic performance, lack of confidence leading to unsuccessful job interviews and sick days at work jeopardizing jobs and career advancement. However, the study in the British Journal of Dermatology also showed that when acne is treated and cleared, the incidence of depression falls back to normal levels. If you or someone you love is suffering from acne, why not book a consultation with one of our friendly team and get that acne gone!


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