Generally, depression is associated with having more serious forms of acne. Studies in acne patients have found:shutterstock_58824346-682x1024

  • Depression is 2 to 3 times more prevalent in acne patients than in the general public.
  • Almost 10% of acne patients suffer from depression.
  • Young men with severe scarring are at particular risk of depression and suicide.
  • Some acne patients suffer worse mental effects than those with major diseases.
  • One study of acne patients showed the condition had a greater impact on mental health than asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, back pain, arthritis or heart disease.
  • Other research found acne patients had higher rates of depression and anxiety than those with cancer.

Help lines

If you are feeling depressed or sad about your acne, please call:

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668 6868

Or your family doctor

If you have thoughts of suicide,

Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK  

Feelings of depression: Depression is different than the “blues”. Someone experiencing depression is grappling with feelings of severe despair over an extended period of time. Almost every aspect of their life can be affected, including their emotions, physical health, relationships and work. For people with depression, it does not feel like there is a “light at the end of the tunnel” — there is just a long, dark tunnel. (Source: Canadian Mental Health Association).

Suicidal thoughts: Suicidal thoughts can happen when feelings of hopelessness, isolation and despair become too heavy to bear. You might feel so overwhelmed with pain that suicide seems like the only way to release yourself from the burden you’ve been carrying. (Source: WikiHow)

Visit the Canadian Mental Health Association for information on help and resources available in your area: