Ok. First of all, I know some of you will take this topic as a joke because acne is considered as something common and not a serious thing. Well, acne is heavily linked to anxiety and depression, and Britney's post made me re-think this theory.
From my personal experience, I've always suffered some kind of moderate anxiety but last year, after my grandma passed away and I didn't find a job after getting graduated, my anxiety became severe and I even started to see changes in my face, skin. When I went to my dermatologist, I was prescripted to take Accutane / Roacutane. I knew what this drug was, and what could cause to my mental health (and health in general), so I decided to not take it. I've been dealing with my anxiety with meditation, working out... and it got better, so did my acne. I get emotional acne when I'm really nervous or my anxiety gets intense. So, I see similar things in Britney's experience.
Well, Britney confirmed she was prescripted with some products to treat her acne when she was about to start filming 'Crossroads'. She said she was so nervous that got acne, so her acne was linked to nervous/anxiety. Yup, emotional acne/anxiety's side effect. One more time, I guess it's confirmed that Britney's first and real problem was severe anxiety since day one. Her dermatologist could've prescript products like reinoids creams/serums or glycolic acid or whatever. But, most of the time, dermatologists tend to prescript Accutane pills... a lot of celebs have admited to take it in the past (Bella Thorne, I think). It's a fast way to get rid of acne but side effects are not that good.
If I look into the timeline and how Britney dealt with 2002 and early 2003, I would not be surprised. The drug was taken off from the market back in the day and I think its name was changed or something. Dosis were slowed down after 2009, I think.
Interesting article about Accutane and possible effects on mental health like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychosis and suicide risks.
Anyone knows more about it? Did Britney talk about these things in the past?