Acne treatments may lead to depression and suicide attempts

By Staff Writer

Individuals who have bad acne may benefit from checking into a rehab facility if they begin to feel depressed. A new study has found that the presence of severe acne may predict suicide attempts.

After reviewing the medical records of nearly 6,000 patients who had been treated for severe cases of acne, a team of Swedish researchers found that the rate of attempted suicides in that group was much higher than in the general population.

While reason for this correlation is unclear, researchers said that some common treatments for the condition have been associated in previous investigations with symptoms of depression and suicidal behaviors.

However, the investigation team said that they feel other factors may be at play. They speculated that many people may become depressed after starting acne treatment because improvements in skin condition don’t necessarily translate to improvements in social life. When their relationships fail to grow, it could be emotionally devastating.

Rehab facilities may help individuals who are being treated for acne and have become depressed. These programs may be able to address the underlying insecurities that caused the negative feelings.