Acne can have a serious impact on mental health

It’s difficult enough adjusting to physical and emotional changes during puberty and young adulthood, without also feeling self-conscious about troublesome skin.  

Depression is a common problem for teenagers and young adults. Up to one in four females and one in six males will suffer from depression at some time in their lives, and it can recur at any time. 

Young men in particular are at an increased risk of depression. They are also the group most commonly affected by acne and in particular, severe scarring acne.

Add acne to some of life's usual stresses, as well as the importance placed on appearance, and you can see why living with acne can take a toll on your mental health.  The good news is that are now a range of safe and effective medical treatments that improve acne which can also help to improve feelings of happiness and wellbeing. 

If you are feeling really down or depressed about your acne, talk to your doctor for advice. It’s important not to delay seeking help. 

Family and friends should always be on the lookout for depressive symptoms in people with acne. Concerning signs might include less interaction with their peers or avoidance of social situations.  If you are concerned about someone, encourage them to seek medical help.

Excellent services and help lines are also available for people to call and discuss their situation, ask questions and get some advice.  We’ve listed a few here:


Beyond Blue
1300 22 4636

Life Line
13 11 14
Kids Helpline
1800 55 1800