The impact of acne is more than skin-deep, and often disrupts sleep and well-being, scientists have found.
Researchers in Ireland report that perceived social stigma diminishes quality of life for many who have acne — especially girls and women.
“We know from previous research that many acne sufferers experience negative feelings about their condition, but we have never before been able to draw such a direct link between quality of life and perception of social stigma around acne,” said study author Aisling O’Donnell. She’s a lecturer in the University of Limerick’s psychology department.
The study findings echo previous research “showing that individuals with visible physical distinctions, which are viewed negatively by society, can experience impaired psychological and physical well-being as a result,” O’Donnell said in a university news release.
Acne isn’t only a teen problem. The skin condition affects almost 13 percent of adults aged 59 and older and more than 1 in 10 kids between ages 5 and 13, the study authors said.
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