Often dismissed as “just pimples”, acne can have a significant emotional impact. Researchers looking closely at how acne affects people emotionally have these insights to share:

4 Important Facts about the emotional effects of acneshutterstock_189353759-1024x682

#1  The longer acne goes on, the greater the psychological harm to an individual’s personal and social life.

#2  The emotional impact of acne cannot be predicted by how severe the condition is and varies from person to person. Research shows some people with mild to moderate acne experience psychological symptoms as serious as those associated with severe acne such as anxiety and depression.

#3  Females feel the emotional impact of acne more than males and have higher rates of depression and anxiety. Researchers point to advertising featuring females with perfect, flawless skin as playing a part in this problem.

#4 Some acne sufferers say the psychological effects associated with this condition, such as hurt and shame, continue to be felt many years afterwards. Experts call this ‘emotional scarring’.

Find out more about why acne affects people emotionally and what forms of emotional distress are involved here.