The Psychological Impact of Acne

Acne is one of the leading causes for visits to a dermatologist. Although most cases are developed during a person’s adolescent years, acne can frequently continue into adulthood causing emotional and psychological damages on an individual. In many ways, people become vulnerable to the modification of their cosmetic appearances. While it is extremely difficult for a teenager to experience these types of changes, the overall social and internal complexities these outbreaks can have is something that needs to be noted.

For acne, they are incredibly visible on your skin. Unlike other dermatological diseases that may be limited to areas covered by clothing, acne is often visible on the face. This heightens particular body image issues and social insecurities many people, especially those within their teenage years, can have when they arise. Therefore, it is unsurprising that people with severe acne are susceptible to significant psychological and emotional impacts than in comparison with those that experience lesser cases. In many ways, this can impact a person’s interpersonal relationships as well as their own personal confidence, especially when going out publicly.

Now with the psychological factors, the overall studies are poorly understood. But the emotional distresses that acne can have on a person are incredibly significant. They are often aligned with various levels of stress, depression, anxiety, and poor self-esteem. Because of this, moderate-to-severe acne can force adolescence and teens to feel sensitive upon the negative comments and critics about their skin. For those that feel uncomfortable about their acne problem, they tend to avoid eye contact and can even go to extreme lengths such as overly use of makeup or growing their hair longer to cover their faces.

While acne will never feel comfortable, there are particular approaches to help combat and alleviate the situation. In not doing so, you will be subjecting yourself to the negative psychological impacts such as social withdrawal, decreased self-esteem, reduced self-confidence, poor body image, embarrassment, depression, anger, and frustration. To help aid you in alleviating and repairing your skin, try and consult your local dermatologist. One of the biggest myths about acne is that they are common skin problems and that you have to just let it run its course. As much as we can think that, letting acne persist without treatment can lead to dark spots and permanent scars on your skin. By assuming the necessary skin treatment, you will be able to treat your acne, increase your self-esteem, and find beneficial and viable options that can lead you to your goal of beautiful and clear skin.

If you would like more advice or opinions about acne or other dermatological health issues, please visit or contact Dr. Matthew David Cole, MD, at Horizon Dermatology and Laser Institute in Newport Beach, CA. You can also call his office at 1–949–439–9288 or visit his site horizonderm.com.


Originally published at matthewdavidcolemd.net on July 27, 2016.