The Social Impact of Acne: Study Reveals Surprising Results

02:00 AM Sunday, December 10, 2023

A new study conducted by a research team from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston revealed that acne causes serious damage that may affect personal relationships and job opportunities.

In this study, the research team obtained archival photos of 4 people, including men and women, with dark and light skin, according to the Health Day website.

The researchers digitally modified the images to create two additional versions of each, adding mild or severe acne to the faces.

An experiment was conducted with more than 1,300 people, where each participant was randomly shown one of 12 pictures, and asked questions about what was in the picture.


Participants were less likely to have any relationship with acne sufferers, especially if the person in the photo was more tanned.

They were also more likely to agree with stereotypes about people with severe acne, regarding them as unhealthy, unattractive, untrustworthy, and unintelligent.

The researchers noted that these biases were lower in participants who had acne at the time of the study or before.

Acne appears in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, as the oil moves from the glands through the follicles to the skin, which maintains its moisture. When the follicles become clogged, the bacteria that grow inside them cause pimples and cysts.

The results said that health insurance companies do not cover acne treatments on the grounds that they are cosmetics, which is something that must change, and methods must be identified to reduce social stigma.

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