acne mental health

7 Signs That Acne May Be Hurting Your Teen's Mental Health

The effects of Acne often travel far more than skin deep. Acne and its outbreaks can damage a teen’s self-esteem, and have negative impact on all aspects of their life, including social engagement and school work. 

Teens who are stressed or embarrassed about their acne “don’t have the energy because it’s being zapped by the anxiety and depression acne causes,” says Dr. Neal Schultz, a dermatologist in New York City.

Here are 7 signs your child’s acne may be affecting their emotional well-being. Be on guard if your tween or teen:

  1. Stops making eye contact with peers or adults
  2. Finds excuses to miss 1:1 or group social events
  3. Changes their hairstyle to cover their face
  4. Starts wearing hoodies all the time
  5. Starts turning off the camera on video calls with friends, classmates or family
  6. Stops following all or parts of their acne regimen
  7. Becomes so distracted that he or she can’t focus on school work

If your child experiences any of the signs in conjunction with ongoing acne or breakouts, it may be time to seek the advice of a dermatology professional or psychologist.

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