New study finds link between acne and depression

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED February 9, 2018 03:59 pm
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(Inside Manila) It seems like acne have a significant effect on mental health after a recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, found link between acne and depression.


In a report by The New York Times, a group of British researchers followed 134,427 men and women with acne and 1,731,608 without acne—for 15 years. The study found that 18.5% of those with acne are likely experiencing depression while those without it was only at 12%. Furthermore, the likelihood showed initially in the first year where 63% increased chance of depression in the subjects with acne.


Even the researchers are baffled behind the reasoning of this link.


"It appears that acne is a lot more than just skin deep," said lead author of the study University of Calgary epidemiologist Isabelle A. Valerand, in a report by The New York Times.


Surprisingly, the increased rate of depression wasn't found within the first five years of the acne diagnosis.


Although the findings may show interesting link between breakouts and mental health, it should be highlighted that these breakouts are part of life. While it may impact a person's mood as shown in the research, remember that breakouts are all common and that there are plenty of reason it shouldn't ruin a person's day or most importantly his/her overall self-worth. - with a report by The New York Times

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