Its back-to-school season and with the added stress of this pandemic, be sure that a lot of our students, teens, and adults will be experiencing acne breakouts.
Acne affects 90% of teens and up to 1 in 5 women according to the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada.
The onset of Acne can be a result of high stress after a head injury or severe trauma. A brain injury can cause changes in hormones that can develop Acne. Different medications taken after trauma can result in Acne.
For some people, acne can cause a lot of mental health issues. People have reported experiencing bad moods, anxiety, anger, poor self-image, loneliness, self-consciousness, shame, low self-esteem, depression, pain, anxiety in social situations, a feeling of overall poor health, unhappiness with appearance.
These psychological and emotional issues can be seen well into a person’s adulthood.
When acne appears during the teenage years, it is very distressing as it can be the source of bullying, issues with self-image and often carries a “Don’t ask. Don’t tell” connotation. When it appears after an accident, it can be an added complication for the client’s mood and recovery.
Raising awareness and having a conversation with teens at an early age can help them understand that they can reach for help. Dealing with Acne after an accident can improve self-esteem and depression and reduce social isolation.
There are many treatment options and resources available either through online platforms and from your family doctor.
During this pandemic, GLA is actively raising awareness on many issues Canadians are facing. It is important that we openly discuss these issues so we can break the stigma associated with them.