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Increased risk of depression brought on by acne

10 February 2018

The results showed that there was definitely a connection between and an acne diagnosis and an increased risk of developing depression in the subsequent years. They have a significantly increased risk of developing major depression.

The study revealed a link between having acne and a 63% higher chance of being diagnosed with severe depression in the first year following acne's onset.

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

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People with acne have a significantly increased risk of developing major depression, but only in the first five years after diagnosis, according to a large analysis of nearly two million people. The median age was near 19, however, it ranged from early adolescence to mid-adulthood.

Study authors recommend physicians to track their patients' mood changes and the risk of depression when they come visit them with an acne problem.

For this study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology, researchers followed 130,000 people with acne and 1.7 million people without acne, tracking their physical and mental health for over 15 years. However, they advised doctors to carefully monitor their patients for depression and seek proper treatment if necessary.

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Vallerand underscored that, for many people, acne represents more than a skin blemish.

Also, female patients are more likely to have acne (or to present to a doctor) and are also more likely to develop major depressive disorder, which is consistent with existing literature. "It can have a substantial impact on overall mental health".

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Increased risk of depression brought on by acne