Psychosocial and emotional effects of acne

Although acne usually doesn't cause direct physical impairment, it is associated with a greater psychological burden than a variety of other disparate chronic disorders. Of course, many people who suffer from acne claim they feel discomfort due to pain, scars, and redness, but the real problem lies in the fact that the physical discomfort often leads to social withdrawal.

We live in a world where physical appearance and self-presentation play a significant role in everyday activities. Unfortunately, teenagers and adolescents can be particularly cruel in their taunting and mocking, so it's not surprising that many people experience self-esteem and body image issues. 

Some (girls) try to ‘’fix the problem’’ with heavy make-up (clogging the pores and making things even worse; others reduce their participation in sports because of the need to undress in public changing rooms while some will skip school. One way or another, shyness, fear of negative appraisal by others, and social phobia are common feelings for young people affected by acne.

There is not much difference in the adult population. Some take sick days from work, risking their jobs, while some studies show that acne patients are less successful in job applications because of their low self-confidence. As a result, it’s no wonder that more people with acne are unemployed than people without it.

Increased levels of anxiety, anger, and frustration are observed in patients with acne as part of its emotional impact. Over the years, acne has been associated with depression and suicide (mostly because of Accutane used as a product for acne treatment). Whatever the cause, surveys have revealed that 14% of acne sufferers have thought about or attempted suicide because of their condition. 

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