Acne vulgaris and quality of life in medical student – Bandar Abbas, Iran, 2008


Shahram Baghestani 1 , * , Zahra Mosallanejad 2 , Shahram Zare 3 , Seyed Mehrdad Sharifi 4


1 Assistant Professor department of Dermatology, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

2 General Practitioner, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

3 Associate Professor Department of Community Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.

4 Psychiatrist, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 14 (2); e88542
Published Online: April 14, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: February 18, 2010
Accepted: April 14, 2010




Introduction: Acne is the most common skin disease, affecting nearly 80% of people at
some periods of their life. Patients with acne often get anxiety, minor depression and
lowered self-esteem so as resulting in a poor quality of life (QOL). Irrespective of clinical
severity, this disease has a great impact on lifestyle. The aim of this study is to assess
quality of life issues in Bandar Abbas medical student.
Methods: This cross sectional study was performed on medical students in Bandar Abbas,
Iran. The severity of acne was graded using the Lehman criteria. All the students suffering
from acne vulgaris completed the acne specific quality of life instrument, the Acne – QOL
questionnaire. The data were analyzed by SPSS version 16 software using T and Chi-square
Results: The result of this study shows that in 54.04% of the students acne vulgaris
showed mild effect on their quality of lives. The overall mean Acne – QOL score in three
domains (self- perception, social, and emotional roles) were higher in male than female.
The severity of acne symptoms in women's explanation was greater than men's. 14
students (7.45%) suffered from sever acne. The severity of acne was significantly related
to the quality of life (P<0.05).
Conclusion: It seems that women are more vulnerable than men to psychological effects
of acne. Care of acne should include attention on the quality of life as well as clinical
treatment of the patient.


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