Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Acne Tied to Higher Risk of Major Depression

Acne Tied to Higher Risk of Major Depression

People with acne have a significantly higher risk of developing major depression, findings of a new study revealed.

Researchers had dug through electronic medical record databases, including a primary care database in the United Kingdom called The Health Improvement Network (THIN).

People with acne are at substantially higher risk for depression in the first years after the condition appears, a new study reports.

Among the patients followed for 15 years, 134,427 had acne and 1,731,608 did not. Most were under 19 at the start of the study, though they ranged in age from 7 to 50.

Canadian investigators have found that the risk for major depression is greatest within a year of acne diagnosis, when it is 63% higher than those without acne.

We already know that acne can be painful, frustrating, and it's hard to find a solution for the condition, so the new study showed that those suffering from the skin condition are more likely to develop depression.

Doctors are advised to monitor mood symptoms in acne patients in order to ensure prompt treatment or refer patients to psychiatrists when necessary, the study concludes. In the first 5 years after acne diagnosis, the only covariate producing a confounding effect was sex.

"It appears that acne is a lot more than just skin deep", lead author, Isabelle A. Vallerand, an epidemiologist at the University of Calgary, said of the results. Either way, it's wise to become more aware of the various factors affecting our health, be it mental or physical.

Hmmm. We're not sure if this makes us feel even more grouchy about something we long suspected, or finally vindicated that it's not all in our heads, but in a finding that will likely surprise no one, researchers just confirmed the unfortunate link between acne and depression.

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