Keeping a close eye on acne patients

Study finds strong link between skin disease and mental illness

People with acne have a significantly increased risk of developing major depression, but only in the first five years after diagnosis, according to a large analysis of almost two million people.

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Canadian investigators have found that the risk for major depression is greatest within a year of acne diagnosis, when it is  63% higher than those without acne.

“Over the 15-year follow-up, the probability of developing major depressive order was 18.5% among patients with acne and 12% in the general population without acne,” they write in the British Journal of Dermatology.