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Dermatology. 2001;203(2):124-30.

Psychosocial impact of acne vulgaris. evaluation of the relation between a change in clinical acne severity and psychosocial state.

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  • 1Department of Dermatology and Venereology, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although knowledge concerning the impact of acne vulgaris on quality of life has increased in recent years, relatively few studies have assessed the effect of a change in clinical severity on psychosocial state.

OBJECTIVE:

Assessment of the effect of a change in clinical acne severity on psychosocial state.

METHODS:

This was investigated by means of questionnaires and clinical assessments by acne patients and dermatologists. Fifty females with mild to moderate facial acne were seen before and after a 9-month treatment with oral contraceptives.

RESULTS:

The results showed a great variability in psychosocial impairment between individuals. After 9 months, a significant reduction in clinical severity was seen overall which did not relate to the significant improvements in self-esteem, stability of self-esteem and acceptance of appearance.

CONCLUSION:

Perceived psychosocial impairment is individually based, is greater in women who subjectively overrate their acne and does not relate to clinical improvement.

Copyright 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel

PMID:
11586010
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