If you've ever felt like your acne significantly impacts your mood, this one's for you: According to a new study in the British Journal of Dermatology, there's a scientific link between acne and depression.
Canadian investigators have found that the risk for major depression is greatest within a year of acne diagnosis.
On a lot of levels, it's comforting to see hard data back up what for many people is clear in their day-to-day lived experience - that mind affects body, and vice versa. The researchers analysed data from The Health Improvement Network (THIN). The risk was 63 percent higher compared to individuals without acne, the study says. the researchers concluded that acne patients are at a higher risk of depression. Some scientists posit that the connection between the two conditions has more to do with the specific inflammatory response that occurs in skin conditions, which may also be responsible for some mental health issues.
Acne is not the only skin condition linked to increased risk for depression.
"Given the tremendous burden of MDD and its temporal association with active acne, it is critical that physicians monitor mood symptoms in patients with acne and initiate prompt MDD management or seek consultation from a psychiatrist when needed", the authors write.
Doctors could prescribe appropriate treatments and therapies that can improve those patients' mental state as well.
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. "It can impose significant mental health concerns and should be taken seriously".
The good news is that acne may be good for the skin.
Reuters/File PhotoAccording to a recent study, people with acne are more prone to depression.