Acne, Depression, Mental Health, Skincare, athletes, breakouts, workout acne

ACNE CAN LEAD TO DEPRESSION

Fit bodies should take precautions to stay breakout-free.

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THE SCIENCE
In a new study, researchers found that regardless of age, a person has a 63 percent chance of becoming depressed during the first year that he or she gets acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, stress levels, hormone fluctuations, and skincare products can all cause the condition in adults.
EXPERT INSIGHT

“Acne may contribute to a decreased self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness, which for some, can progress to a full clinical depression,” says study author Isabelle Vallerand, Ph.D., epidemiologist at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine in Alberta, Canada. And while the results did not show any statistically significant differences among age groups, Vallerand points out that the risk of depression in general is higher in people between the ages of 25 to 40. 

THE BOTTOM LINE

While athletes are prone to acne, washing your face before and after exercising and wearing moisture-wicking gear can help prevent post-workout breakouts. And if you do have the condition, knowing that it can lead to depression may help you seek out counseling or treatment early.