Acne, its relevance and role in Psychocutaneous Dermatology Practice


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Face and its skin, reflect the general well-being of an individual, especially so in adolescence. Acne, generally considered a rite of passage can have profound psychological and social effects, ultimately contributing to the teenagers personality. Social media and its influence on building interpersonal relationships is largely affected by how blemish free the person on screen is. Acne-related psychological suffering hence is consequently linked to the occurrence of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation apart from low self-esteem, poor quality of life, poor relationship building and social withdrawal.

It’s reflection on peer relationships, performance at school, college and work reflects the need for us to bridge the gap between perception of its effects in their everyday life and us physicians in treating them.

Recognizing the early indicators of an acne-psyche relationship, need for psycho-pharmacological effective measures in treating acne along with counseling and psychiatric care, while addressing the elephant in the room: isotretinoin-depression relationship shall be the ‘stress’ points in my talk.