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DOI: 10.14704/nq.2022.20.5.NQ22585

A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY TO ASSESS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF ACNE VULGARIS AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS IN CHENNAI.

S.Hariharan, V.Aljin, N.B.Swetha, Shradha.L

Abstract

Background: -Acne vulgaris is very common among adult group and it affects them psychologically and socially. Recently many studies substantiate the psychological impacts of acne appearance and proved its related negative emotional reaction among the patients. So its management awareness is very essential. Aim: -To assess the psychological impact of Acne vulgaris among medical students. Methods: -A cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 medical students in a medical college of Chennai from April 2021-July 2021.A self-administered questionnaire was given and the results were tabulated and analyzed. The data was entered in excel sheet and analyzed using SPSS software. Ethical committee clearance has been obtained. Results: In the present study, it shows that acne was more predominant in females (62%) than males (38%).It was also seen that more than 50% of them had associated skin problems. Facial acne as a single site involvement (77%) was the most common type encountered, whereas multiple sites involvement is also seen (face, chest, lower back) in 32% of them. It was also observed that about 30% of the students were affected psychologically and mentally which lowered their self -confidence. They tend to treat the acne since 51%of them are conscious about their self and their appearance in front of others. The management of acne is done by visiting a dermatologist by about 45% and they preferred topical medications. Conclusion:-It was observed that among the medical students who were affected with Acne one third of them suffered psychologically. Current generation of youngsters are more concerned about their physical appearance and so want to approach a dermatologist at the earliest. Health education aimed at generating awareness about early diagnosis and complete treatment of Acne and life style modifications for its prevention should be encouraged.

Keywords

Face, Treatment, Social effects

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