Experts Have Mixed Reactions to Study
Mialon expressed hope that their study will help teens cope with acne better and reduce cases of depression and suicide in this age group. Meanwhile, Nesson said that their findings might help teens focus on the potentially longer-lasting positive side effects of having acne, which can subside by the time they reach adulthood.
Other members of the academe, like University of Alberta's Vera Brencic, believe that more research is needed to account for the acne-success connection. However, the economics prof said that the "Do Pimples Pay?" paper is interesting, considering that other related research had linked disadvantages, such as not being physically attractive or being short, to poorer outcomes in one's professional life.
Others oppose Nesson and Mialon's findings outright, like New York-based psychologist Jennifer Hartstein, who said that not all acne-ridden teens are friendless. They just don't socialize too much when they have flare-ups.
Meanwhile, Dr. Adam Friedman, who heads George Washington University's Dermatology Residency Program, said that acne can be "disabling in all facets of life" and in many cases, de-motivate teens while still in school or adults when they start employment.
Skin Wellness Center founding partner Kimberly Grande told Tennessee-based Knox News that other factors affect teenagers' performance in school, including their home life and personal work ethic.
Nesson told the same news network that the paper doesn't claim it has found "iron-clad proof." He noted that links seen between acne and good grades were from students who were not battling depression.