Quality of Life Issues for South Africans with Acne

Title: Quality of life issues for South Africans with acne vulgaris
Mosam A, et al.
Publication: Clin Exp Dermatol. 2005 Jan;30(1):6-9.

The authors noted that although acne and psychological distress studies were done in Western countries, before their paper there was no such study in black patients from South Africa. They gave patients attending a dermatology unit in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa questionnaires to evaluate their psychological distress and quality of life and evaluated the severity of their acne.

The authors found that clinical severity was not linked to patient’s perception or psychological distress, however, quality of life issues such as feelings, social activities, performance at work and school, activities of daily living and overall mental health was associated with distress. Moreover, painful and bleeding lesions were associated with distress level.

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