Acne can be socially, emotionally, and psychologically overwhelming. Many studies have found connections between acne and low self-confidence, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. What can be done?

Acne may be a well-known skin condition, but that doesn’t mean it is simply a lesser inconvenience. Sure, we all get pimples, particularly during the adolescent years. But some people experience tremendously severe acne, and the condition’s effects can be more than skin deep.

The accompanying infographic provides a brief overview of acne: the possible causes, emotional effects, lifestyle changes that may help, and how to avoid making the condition worse. You’ll find helpful tips for yourself or your teenager on managing this disease.

While medical professionals are not entirely of one mind when it comes to what causes or worsens acne, they agree that there are various things that contribute to outbreaks. And we should keep in mind that not all acne sufferers experience breakouts from exactly the same things, but there are some common triggers.

That’s why our infographic presents several possible causes and offers more than one potential way to address this condition. Read it for yourself or pass it on — with a suggestion that the acne sufferer try some of the lifestyle changes; and if the first one doesn’t help, he or she should move on to the next one. Living with acne is difficult, but it will get better. Hang in there!

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