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How Can Anxiety Medication Affect My Skin

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 9, 2022 2:21:29 PM / by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC

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In some of the most stressful seasons of your life, a poorly timed breakout is the icing on the cake. We’ve come to some consensus that emotions affect the health and appearance of our skin—what about anxiety medication and other antidepressants? 

Learn more about antidepressant side effects and dermatological treatment options by reading our latest blog.

WHAT ARE ANTIDEPRESSANTS?

Antidepressants are prescription medicines to treat depression, a common but serious medical illness affecting a person’s mood and general mental health. 

WHAT ARE SOME COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS?

Antidepressants may introduce any number of unwanted side effects, and while there are several different kinds of antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine or bupropion), these are generally seen as the most common. 

More common

  • Hives, itching, or rashes
  • Restlessness

Less common

  • Chills or fever
  • Joint or muscle pain

The real culprit behind antidepressant-related skin problems is acne (including hives, itching, and rashes). While the antidepressants themselves cannot damage your skin, these will. 

WHAT ARE SOME SIDE EFFECTS OF ACNE?

Acne can cause more than problems for your skin. Acne could leave a person feeling sad or uncertain about their appearance and rejects a toll on one’s emotional health. Researchers have discovered that the presence of acne breakouts can cause: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor self-image
  • Decreased quality of life
  • Scarring

Unfortunately, the effects of acne can create a cycle of depression and antidepressant usage that can become burdensome to the suffering patient. 

CAN ACNE BE TREATED?

There is good news. With early treatment, acne can be prevented, provide clearness to the skin, and prevent acne from worsening in degree or damage. Of course, some people will need to continue treating their skin to prevent future breakouts, but this can be a relief to someone who has dealt with emotional distress and permanent acne scars.

HOW DO DERMATOLOGISTS TREAT ACNE? 

A dermatology-approved acne treatment plan depends on a few considerations:

  • Type of acne (i.e., blackheads, pimples, etc.) 
  • Location of acne
  • Previous treatments
  • Timing of breakout
  • Age

Treatment will include anything from a retinoid, Benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, steroids, or laser treatment and corticosteroid injection in more severe cases. Your dermatologist may also recommend a healthy diet to help with mental fatigue and emotional wellness. 

WHY DOES SKINCARE MATTER?

Even if you follow your treatment plan from beginning to end, new breakouts may reappear over time without the right method and approach. Be sure to apply gentle skincare products to clear acne and avoid rougher forms of treatment like several face scrubs a day. 

Skin care is linked to a healthy and confident life and can lend itself to a more holistic life of health, wellness, and happiness. 

VISIT YOUR DERMATOLOGIST | THE DERMATOLOGY CENTER FOR SKIN HEALTH, PLLC

Although acne and other related skin problems are common health conditions, they can be avoided. Are you suffering from acne? The Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC is here to help you understand your skin and find the proper treatment. If you have any questions about acne,  please call us at (304) 598-3888 or click here.

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REFERENCES: 

Medline Plus

American Academy of Dermatology Association

 

 

Topics: Acne/Rashes

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Written by Dermatology Center for Skin Health, PLLC

Our priority is to deliver complete, compassionate care to our patients while educating and assisting them as they make care decisions regarding the health and beauty of their skin.