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Acne has a significant impact on different aspects of patients’ lives 1-4

In addition to its physical effects, acne is also associated with a significant psychosocial and emotional burden. 145 This can have a detrimental impact on different aspects of patients’ lives, including relationships, school, work and social functioning. 1-4

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Optimal management of acne needs to take these different factors into account to determine the overall severity of the disease 6

  • The impact of acne on patients’ lives should not be underestimated

    Acne has a significant impact on patients’ Quality of Life (QoL) 7

    • In patients with relatively severe acne, levels of social, psychological and emotional problems were equal to, if not worse, than in patients with chronic disabling asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, back pain or arthritis, despite the physical burden of acne being far lower 7

    The same results were first published in Mallon et al. 1990. The graph has been independently created by GlaxoSmithKline from the original

    The same results were first published in Mallon et al. 1990. The graph has been independently created by GlaxoSmithKline from the original data.

     

    Adults with acne tend to have worse QoL than younger people with acne, regardless of the clinical severity of their acne 28

    • Increasing age and duration of affliction are associated with a decline in QoL 28
  • Acne is more than skin deep

    Acne is not just a cosmetic problem: its effects can go far deeper than the surface of the skin. The emotional and psychological burden on patients may be far worse than the physical impact. 1

     

    Emotional impact of acne: 1

    Teenagers are especially vulnerable to the impact of acne because they are in a period of physical, emotional and social development. 3

Acne can lead to mental health problems and suicidal ideation as severity increases 3

 

A cross-sectional study reported that increasing acne severity was significantly associated with suicidal ideation and mental health problems 4*

The same results were first published in Halvorsen et al. 2011. The graph has been independently created by GlaxoSmithKline from the original data.

Acne can have a significant impact on patients’ daily lives 13

Acne can lead to: 13

Teenagers are particularly vulnerable

  • Acne can affect social relationships and can lead to bullying or teasing and stigmatisation within peer groups 13
  • People with acne may feel like they don’t fit in and withdraw from social situations or feel excluded  1
  • Families can also be affected – parents may worry about the potential consequences on their child such as bullying or scarring 3

Acne has a substantial psychosocial and social impact on a number of aspects of daily life according to its perceived severity 9

The same results were first published in Pawin et al. 2007. The graph has been independently created by GlaxoSmithKline from the original data.

Teenagers with acne can be perceived negatively 10

Evidence suggests that teenagers are not being paranoid about the negative psychosocial impact of their acne: acne has a negative effect on the way they are perceived by both adults and other teenagers. 10

The results of one study showed that teenagers with clear skin were more commonly described as being happy, intelligent, self-confident, healthy, and fun; in contrast, those with acne were more likely to be perceived as shy, stressed, unkempt, lonely, boring, nerdy, and introverted. 10

References:

  1. Ayer J et al. Postgrad Med J 2006;82:500–506.
  2. Williams C et al. Am J Clin Dermatol 2006;7(5):281–290.
  3. Dunn LK et al. Derm Online J 2011;17(1):1.
  4. Halvorsen JA et al. J Invest Dermatol 2011;131:363–370.
  5. Bowe WP et al. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol 2011;4(7):35–41.
  6. Nast A et al. European Dermatology Forum. S3-Guideline for the treatment of acne (Update 2016). Available at: http://www.euroderm.org/edf/index.php/edf-guidelines/category/4-guidelines-acne (Accessed March 2017).
  7. Mallon E et al. Br J Dermatol 1999;140:672–676.
  8. Lasek RJ et al. Arch Dermatol 1998;134:454–458.
  9. Pawin H et al. Dermatology 2007;215:308–314.
  10. Ritvo E et al. BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2011;5:11.

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