"While teenagers are
vulnerable to depression and anxiety stemming from the condition at this developmental stage, studies show that as a group, it’s the adult population that experiences it the most," says Keira Barr, MD, a board-certified dermatologist whose practice, the Resilient Health Institute
, is dedicated to what she calls the "intimate and intricate brain-skin connection." Indeed, a German study from 2002 suggests that adult dermatological patients have a 40% prevalence of psychiatric overlap
; acne, it goes on to say, "is the most common skin disorder of the second and third decades of life." And, Traube says, "Because the societal bar is often unrealistically high, it tends to create a lot more damage for women than it does for men."