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Dermatol Online J. 2011 Jan 15;17(1):1.

Acne in adolescents: quality of life, self-esteem, mood, and psychological disorders.

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Department of Dermatology, Center for Dermatology Research, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Acne is a significant adolescent problem and may precipitate emotional and psychological effects. The impact of acne on psychological parameters and implications for acne treatment are not fully understood.

METHODS:

We performed a MEDLINE search using the terms "acne" and "adolescent" along with "psychological," "depression," or "psychiatric," which yielded 16 reviewed studies.

RESULTS:

Qualitative review of the selected articles revealed that the presence of acne has a significant impact on self-esteem and quality of life. Depression and other psychological disorders are more prevalent in acne patients and acne treatment may improve symptoms of these disorders.

LIMITATIONS:

The reviewed studies were semi-quantitative analyses utilizing various standardized surveys or questionnaires. Therefore, quantitative analysis of selected studies was not possible.

CONCLUSION:

The presence of co-morbid psychological disorders should be considered in the treatment of acne patients and future prospective trials are needed to assess the impact of treatment on psychological outcomes.

PMID:
21272492
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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