Let’s Talk: The Psychological Effects Of Acne

At some point in your life, you will experience that dreadful morning when you wake up with a second head growing on your face right before a big date or work meeting. However, for some people, this is a constant battle that they deal with every day. Acne is far more than just a few spots on the skin; it can lead to serious mental health issues such as depression. So, why aren’t we talking about this and doing more to help those suffering in silence?



Despite what most people think, acne cannot be cured by just washing your face twice a day. Although a good skin care routine can help prevent breakouts, it can be caused due to hormones. You wouldn’t laugh and mock somebody in a wheelchair or with a serious medical condition, so why would you do it to someone with acne? Social media has become a large part of the growing rates of depression related to skin trouble due to the hurtful comments people can receive. We encourage those who have the courage to post natural images of themselves without thinking of the negative impact it can have on others. Acne can vary from mild to severe, with some people needing medical help to get their condition under control and find the best skin care routine from top dermatologists. Acne is a lot more than just bad skin; it can dent someone’s self-confidence and damage their social life. If you’ve ever had that feeling that everyone around you is staring and talking about you, then that gives you a slight glimpse into the life of an acne sufferer.



The question as to whether acne depression is real and serious is still an ongoing debate in society; however, when people are left to feel like suicide is the only option to cure their misery, why is it considered a taboo subject? A lot of people don’t feel comfortable talking about their insecurities with problematic skin, so we brush it under the carpet and act like it doesn’t have an effect on mental health, but this is far from the truth and we need to start talking about it wherever and whenever we can.



Acne is not something that you should be ashamed of, as it does not define you as a person. Beauty goes much deeper than the skin that we see on the outside.  There are many ways that you or your family and friends can seek help for acne, such as prescription medication for both depression and acne itself. A simple yet effective skin care routine recommended by a dermatologist can help, while contraceptive pills can help balance out the hormones which can cause break outs. For some, regular counselling sessions to talk through your concerns about acne and depression can have a major positive effect on their mental health.


Acne often causes significant physical and psychological problems such as permanent scarring, poor self-image, depression, and anxiety. An estimated 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 will have experience with acne breakouts at some point in their life. So remember, you are not alone and there is help out there.




Words:  Steph Hazlegreaves


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