What are the emotional effects of acne?

When people have acne, they can also experience low self-esteem, social withdrawal, and depression, and some carry this negative emotional baggage with them throughout their lives. Even mild acne can contribute to low self-esteem, self-consciousness, and poor body image.

Among teens with acne, the emotional impacts can be even further exacerbated. Helping a teen treat acne as soon as it begins can prevent more severe acne, reduce the risk of acne scarring, and perhaps most importantly, deter lifelong stress.

For adults, acne can be especially frustrating as adults are also dealing with skin aging concerns such as visible pores, fines lines and wrinkles, dryness and dull-looking of skin tone.