According to MSNBC's Today, a recent study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that teenagers who suffer from acne are up to three times more likely to have thoughts of depression and suicide than those with smooth skin.
"These kids have double the risk of having mental problems," said study researcher Jon Halvorsen, professor of dermatology at the University of Oslo. "There is undertreatment of acne in teens, and this shows it's important not to delay seeking treatment."
Halvorsen added that health care systems and schools should recognize the ramifications of acne, and that teens should be encouraged to seek treatment.
While there are medications that can be prescribed to combat acne, those suffering from the skin condition can also use topical treatments.
Allure magazine recommends using a cleanser twice a day that contains 2 percent salicylic acid or 3 percent glycolic acid, like Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash, and then, once a day, applying a formula that boasts at least 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide, such as Dermalogica mediBac Special Clearing Booster.