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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131-135

Evaluation of adolescents diagnosed with acne vulgaris for quality of life and psychosocial challenges


1 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mardin Public Hospital, 47200 Mardin, Turkey
2 Department of Dermatology, Mardin Public Hospital, 47200 Mardin, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Murat Eyuboglu
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mardin Public Hospital, 47200 Mardin
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijd.IJD_671_16

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Background: Acne vulgaris is a common skin condition which affects most adolescents. It has a major impact on quality of life and psychosocial well-being. Aims: The aims of the study were to examine the psychosocial effects of acne on adolescents and changes in quality of life, and to reveal any difference in the possible effect between genders. In addition, an investigation of the association between acne severity and quality of life as well as psychosocial stress was conducted. Materials and Methods: The present study included 164 adolescents with a mean age of 12–18 years and was diagnosed with acne vulgaris without any previous treatment. The control group consisted of 188 healthy volunteers. Acne severity was evaluated by the global acne grading system. All patients filled in a Children's Dermatology Life Quality Index, Pediatric Quality of Life Questionnaire (PedsQL), and a Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Results: The scores of SDQ and PedsQL were significantly lower in the case group. There was no significant correlation found between the genders in the control group for acne severity and scale scores. No significant correlation was found between acne severity and psychosocial challenges. Conclusions: The results of the present study show that acne has a significant effect on quality of life for adolescents, and this has an impact on their psychosocial life. Another important finding of the present study is that worsening in quality of life is not affected by some factors such as duration, severity of acne and age.


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