When acne begins early, between 8 and 18 years of age, it often means severe acne as a teenager. Treating the acne before it becomes severe can:
• Prevent severe acne
• Reduce the risk of acne scars
• Avoid lifelong emotional stress
Early Treatment Helps Prevent Physical and Emotional Scars When acne is severe, large, red bumps called “cysts” form. Cysts can be painful and may cause permanent scarring. While not life threatening, these physical effects often cause extreme emotional distress that can last a lifetime.
Anxiety, loss of self-esteem, and depression are common in people who have acne. Even mild and moderate cases cause emotional distress. When asked to talk about how acne affects them, patients often mention feelings of inferiority, embarrassment, and depression.
Severe or long-lasting acne can cause feelings of insecurity that last a lifetime. One study found that people who had acne for a significant amount of time tend to feel “scarred for life.” Long after the acne clears, they may have low self-esteem and feelings of inferiority. To avoid these physical and emotional scars.
We recommend that early acne be properly treated and that treatment continue for as long as necessary to prevent the acne from recurring.
Acne sometimes appears earlier than parents expect. If early acne develops, teaming up with the right skincare and supplements can help keep acne from becoming severe as well as prevent physical and emotional scars. Preventing severe acne can make a difference that lasts a lifetime.