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Can Acne Cause Depression?

Can Acne Cause Depression?

The Hidden, Emotional Effects of Acne

Breakouts are no fun. Not only can pimples look bad and cause physical pain, they can cause emotional issues too. In fact, a new European study asserts that when you suffer from acne, you are also more likely to suffer emotionally. Researchers found that over half of the acne patients studied suffered from anxiety while others suffered from depression and even contemplated suicide. Let’s fix this!

Control Acne and The Depression and Other, Emotional Issues That Go With it!

No matter your age, acne is difficult to cope with. When teenagers move into important social relationships, the impact of acne can be epic. I know that if I had a huge zit that I could not hide as a teenager, I did not want to go to school. I remember it like it was yesterday. This is one of the reasons treating acne is extremely important to me as a dermatologist.

No acne patient's suffering goes unnoticed to me. Zits suck!

If you or your kids have acne, try to start a good skin care routine as soon as possible. Yes, they may be focused on the latest back-to-school clothes, electronics and supplies right now. But, controlling acne and future breakouts is just as important… especially as the stress of homework, tests, football/cheer practice, and other, outside activities get underway. And it is possible to prevent acne scars by using the right treatment at the right time.

For example, some skin care options that have been proven to help acne include:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide This is best in 2.5% which works as well as higher concentrations with less risk of irritation.
  • Salicylic Acid The acid penetrates oily pores to loosen blackheads.
  • Glycolic Acid This loosens pore-clogging debris.
  • Retinoids Your options include prescriptions like Tretinoin or non-prescription Retinol.
  • Pyrithione Zinc If you have a yeast type of acne (Pityrosporum folliculitis), wash with pyrithione zinc, a time-honored remedy for this yeast.

Want help controlling your acne?

My complete skin care routine for acne treatment looks like this:

Morning Skin Care:

dermatologist's products to correct skin problemsCleanse and Correct with Foaming Acne Wash. Clean oily skin and open clogged pores to prevent pimples without irritating sensitive skin. Additional steps to “correct” acne skin problems include: Hydrate with Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin. Nourish your skin with this gentle, non-greasy, oil-free facial moisturizer fortified with antioxidants. dermatologist's sun protection productsUse Sheer Strength Tinted Mattifying Sunscreen (normal to oily skin). Hide complexion flaws and help control shine with the oil-absorbing matte base. You can apply pressed, loose or baked mineral makeup powders over this.

Evening Skin Care:

dermatologist's products to correct skin problems Cleanse and Correct with Calming Zinc. This works with yeast acne too. For deep pore cleansing, try Daily Foaming Cleanser and a Clarisonic Brush with the deep pore cleansing head. dermatologist's products to correct skin problems Correct with Retinol. Help reverse the signs of aging while you sleep! Hydrate with the Face Cream for Oily to Normal Skin. Don’t forget that back and chest skin get acne too. For this, try my Body Acne Kit.     Want more information?  

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