Previous studies have shown that acne increases stress and anxiety, so this isn't surprising. What makes the study a big deal is that it challenges long-held beliefs about how isotretinoin affects its users. Did you ever take isotretinoin, and would you be less scared to try it now given this new evidence?
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Anyone who's ever had acne knows very well just how terrible it can make you feel about yourself, but isotretinoin (commonly known as now-defunct Accutane) has long received the blame when people taking it become depressed or commit suicide. Now, researchers from the University of Oslo have conducted a study that suggests severe acne itself, not acne medication, may be the culprit when teens display suicidal ideation and depressive symptoms.