Pimples can be socially, emotionally, and psychologically devastating to an individual who suffers from severe acne. Many studies have found correlations between acne and low self-confidence, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. What can be done?

Acne may be a well-known skin condition, but that doesn’t diminish its effect and make it simply a lesser inconvenience. Sure, we all get pimples, particularly when growing up during their teen years. But some people experience tremendously severe acne that is worse than normal acne flare-ups, and the condition’s effects can be more than skin deep.  

The accompanying infographic provides a brief overview of acne: the possible causes, emotional effects, lifestyle changes that may help, and how to avoid making the condition worse. You’ll find helpful tips for yourself or your teenager on managing this disease.  

By Alexander James

Beau Alexander James: Beau, a mental health advocate, shares personal stories, coping strategies, and promotes mental health awareness and understanding.