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According to EmaxHealth, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that acne’s impact on self-esteem can lead to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, all of which should be considered by clinicians when evaluating a patient’s medical history. Steve Feldman, M.D., a professor of Dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist conducted a study portraying the psychological impact acne can have on teens. The study also shows that parents are not always educated about treatment options and dietary intervention. These are aspects that can essentially reduce anxiety and depression for these suffering adolescents.
Not all teens with acne have difficulty coping. However, Dr. Feldman says that for others, the condition can have a “potentially large and negative impact on their lives or it can have a small affect. They should talk to their physician.”