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Clinical and Laboratory Investigations

Psychosocial Impact of Acne vulgaris

Evaluation of the Relation between a Change in Clinical Acne Severity and Psychosocial State

Mulder M.M.S.a · Sigurdsson V.a · van Zuuren E.J.b · Klaassen E.J.c · Faber J.A.J.d · de Wit J.B.F.e · van Vloten W.A.a

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Departments of Dermatology and Venereology,aUniversity Medical Center Utrecht and bLeiden University Medical Center, Leiden, cAmstelveen, and Departments of dBiostatistics, and ePsychology, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Abstract of Clinical and Laboratory Investigations

Published online: September 28, 2001
Issue release date: 2001

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/DRM

Abstract

Background: Although knowledge concerning the impact of acne vulgaris on quality of life has increased in recent years, relatively few studies have assessed the effect of a change in clinical severity on psychosocial state. Objective: Assessment of the effect of a change in clinical acne severity on psychosocial state. Methods: This was investigated by means of questionnaires and clinical assessements by acne patients and dermatologists. Fifty females with mild to moderate facial acne were seen before and after a 9-month treatment with oral contraceptives. Results: The results showed a great variability in psychosocial impairment between individuals. After 9 months, a significant reduction in clinical severity was seen overall which did not relate to the significant improvements in self-esteem, stability of self-esteem and acceptance of appearance. Conclusion: Perceived psychosocial impairment is individually based, is greater in women who subjectively overrate their acne and does not relate to clinical improvement.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Clinical and Laboratory Investigations

Published online: September 28, 2001
Issue release date: 2001

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 1018-8665 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9832 (Online)

For additional information: https://www.karger.com/DRM


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