Acne can have some unique and potentially serious psychological and social impacts for teens.

iStock_000043680252_SmallAcne can affect the development of self-image and assertiveness – factors that are important in forming friendships and dating.

Having acne has been associated with teasing, bullying and eating disorders.

In one study of teens with acne, the number who felt lonely (58%) or anxious (56%) was comparable to those with diabetes, cancer and epilepsy.

Quick Fact: Acne may result in lasting emotional harm

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’.