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Depression is a common problem in adolescents 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 depression can recur at any time. Young males in particular are at an increased risk of depression. They are also the group most commonly affected by acne and particularly, severe scarring acne.

Add to this, some of life's stresses as well as the importance placed on appearance and you can begin to appreciate the challenges facing some people with acne.

Family and friends should always be on the lookout for depressive symptoms in people with acne and should encourage the person to see medical help, if they are concerned.

Medical treatments that improve acne can also help to improve feelings of well-being.

Anyone feeling really down or depressed should talk to their doctor for advice and help. There are many safe and effective treatments for depression. It is important not to delay seeking help. Excellent services and help lines are available for people to call and discuss their situation, ask questions and get some advice.

The following organisations also provide counselling and/or information services

Beyond Blue


13 11 14

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800


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