Scoop: The UK Health Agency wants people with severe acne to no longer need psychological help Nina

The National Institutes of Health and Care in the United Kingdom (abbreviated Good, or National Institutes of Excellent Health and Care) has made a revolutionary recommendation. The government agency believes that psychological help should be provided to those suffering from severe acne. In addition, from now on, the skin treatment in question must also be reimbursed. This advice came after a study found that 59 percent of surveyed youth find that bad skin affects their lives every day.

Everyone has experienced how a pimple or stain on your face can leave a big scar on your self. But when it becomes a daily reality, it can really start to block your life. It is now approved by the government agency NICE, which for the first time mentions common skin condition acne in a consultation. In particular, it states that patients with acne should be given treatments such as antibiotics and oral contraceptives (for women). They are also advised to refer to mental health services, especially those with a history of depression and anxiety. The latter is particularly striking.

The advice did not come without reason. According to a study by Biore (a skin care brand) and Ditch the Label (a charity that works against bullying), half of the 16- to 25-year-olds surveyed say their bad skin affects their mental well-being. Even worse: More than half (59 percent) say they miss opportunities for that reason. From classes and exams to community meetings. A quarter of participants also claim that their skin affects their self-esteem.

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Acne is often dismissed as a skin condition, but there is more to it than that. Skin problems (and frequent scars) have a direct emotional impact on a person’s well-being. For example, the British Journal of Dermatology (monthly medical journal on dermatology) found that people with acne were 63 percent more likely to suffer from depression than those with fine skin. Other studies have linked severe acne to suicidal behavior. The fact that a British government agency now recognizes this problem is a much-needed, positive development. The counseling document points out that acne can trigger mental health problems, but can also cause previous problems to recur.

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