THURSDAY, Sept. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Increased risk of
depression and suicidal thoughts among teens with severe acne may
be related to the acne itself, and not acne medications, the
results of a new study suggest.
Previous research has suggested a link between some acne drugs
and increased risk of mental health problems and suicide in teens,
but this association has not be confirmed in controlled
In the new study, Dr. Jon Anders Halvorsen, of the University of
Oslo, and colleagues analyzed surveys completed by 3,775 Norwegian
teens aged 18 to 19 years. Those with severe acne reported having
suicidal thoughts more often than those with less acne. Three times
as many boys and two times as many girls with severe acne reported
suicidal thoughts compared to those with little or no acne, the
Social problems were also more common in participants with
substantial acne, the study authors noted.
The findings, published online Sept. 16 in the
Journal of Investigative Dermatology, may have an impact on the care and treatment of teens with acne, Halvorsen's team said.
Thinking about suicide is a symptom and indicator of emotional
distress, but does not necessarily lead to suicide attempts, the
study authors pointed out in a news release from the journal's
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