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Br J Dermatol. 2015 Jul;172 Suppl 1:52-8. doi: 10.1111/bjd.13749.

Psychological impact of acne on 21st-century adolescents: decoding for better care.

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Department of Neuro-Psychopathology of Children and Adolescents, Neurological Hospital, CHU, Lyon, France.


The psychological consequences of acne have been the subject of many studies. As a particularly visible skin disorder, acne complicates the daily lives of adolescents who are undergoing multiple transformations: physical, intellectual and emotional. While it is well established that acne can be responsible for depression and low self-esteem, it is likely that this impact is aggravated by the sociological evolution of adolescents in the 21st century. Understanding the codes of adolescents today (who can be characterized as being more concerned by their appearance than previous generations at the same age) allows us to optimize our medical approach to acne and facilitates treatment compliance and adherence.

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