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Psychology and Psychotherapy: Research Study

Psychosocial Impact of Acne: A Community Based Cross Sectional Study

Submission: May 21, 2018;Published: June 26, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/PPRS.2018.01.000512

ISSN 2639-0612
Volume1 Issue3


Background: It is well-known that acne vulgaris is a common malady of adolescence and is easily recognized

Objective: To evaluate the level of impact among acne patients on their quality of life.

Methods: A total of 200 patients studied. Acne severity was graded using Global Acne Grading System (GAGS) after the clinical diagnosis. All the patients went through self administered questionnaire of Cardiff Acne Disability Index (CADI) to fill out, to assess the reflection of patients’ experiences and perceptions.

Results: Out of 200 patients, 114(57.0%) were females and 86 (43.0%) were males. The maximum number of patients was in the age group of 16-20 years (142/200, 71%). Out of total 86 males, 50 (58.3%) had moderate to severe acne, whereas 62 ( 54.38%) females had such a severe acne. 50.87% (58/114) of females had high CADI scores in comparison to only 27.9 (24/86) of males. The impact on quality of life was more in the age-group of 21-30 years even though in this age group clinical severity of acne was mild to moderate only.

Conclusion: Study found that individuals with acne had profound emotional, as well as, social impact on their quality of life.

Keywords: Acne; Cardiff Acne Disability Index; Quality of life

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