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Eur J Dermatol. 2005 Jul-Aug;15(4):284-7.

Make-up improves the quality of life of acne patients without aggravating acne eruptions during treatments.

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Department of Dermatology, Tokyo Women's Medical University, Kawada-cho 8-1, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 162-8666, Japan.


Boehncke et al. suggested that decorative cosmetics can improve the quality of life (QOL) of skin diseases. But dermatologists sometimes discourage female acne patients from applying make-up since decorative cosmetics are considered one of the aggravating factors for acne eruptions. The purpose of this study is to assess whether make-up application interferes with acne treatments and how QOL changes when the make-up items are designed for acne patients and used in order to disguise acne eruptions. Eighteen female acne patients were trained by a make-up artist and advised to apply acne-designed basic and decorative cosmetics for 2 to 4 weeks while their acne was appropriately treated. The acne-severity and QOL of patients were assessed before and after the study. The results revealed that the number of acne eruptions decreased even though patients were applying make-up. The QOL scores of Skindex-16, GHQ30 and anxiety state index greatly improved. Our results suggest that dermatologists should encourage acne patients to utilize appropriate make-up to improve their QOL.

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