Acne must be taken more seriously, charities say story featuring Dr Anjali Mahto

Society must take greater steps to treat acne as a serious condition, skin charities have said.

The condition is characterised by pussy spots on the body and sometimes on the face, and can lead to low self-esteem and the bullying of sufferers.

British Skin Foundation research has found nearly 20 per cent of acne sufferers have considered suicide and around the same percentage have ended a relationship because of it. Nearly 60 per cent experienced verbal abuse because of their condition.

Campaigners have called for greater support and want to promote the idea that acne is a medical condition like any other.

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