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More Than Skin Deep

The Psychosocial Aspects of Acne Vulgaris

Lenczowski, Emily; Pappo Lake, Eden

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association: January/February 2018 - Volume 10 - Issue 1S - p S23–S24
doi: 10.1097/JDN.0000000000000365

ABSTRACT Acne vulgaris is among the most prevalent dermatologic conditions affecting both adolescents and adults. Beyond creating a cosmetic disfigurement, the persistent nature and widespread prevalence of acne result in significant psychosocial comorbidity, disrupting overall well-being and impairing social and emotional functions. In fact, the emotional impact of acne vulgaris results in decreased quality of life similar to patients who struggle with other chronic debilitating medical conditions such as epilepsy and asthma. In the wake of rising rates of depression, there is a need for prompt recognition of psychiatric symptoms in patients struggling with skin disorders, which in turn will result in improvement in quality of life as well as compliance with medical treatment.

Emily Lenczowski, BS, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL.

Eden Pappo Lake, MD, Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Emily Lenczowski, BS, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, 2160 S. 1st Ave., Maywood, IL 60153. E-mail:

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