In the latest of our series of medical report round-ups, we have pulled together the conclusions from a study investigating the psychosocial impact of the two skin conditions acne and psoriasis.

Psychosocial impact is another way of describing how relations, individual thoughts and social life affect a person. It is important to keep in mind that these diseases should not be compared in terms of onset, duration, course, treatment or how it affects people. However, living with a skin condition (no matter what disease and severity) does, to varying degrees,  affect people.

Here are the findings from a recent scientific study:

  • 19.2% of adolescent with acne are affected in their personal and social lifes. Social phobia (fear of being together with other people) is more present in acne patients than people without acne. In general, females experience a more negative impact on their life in terms of relations, individual thoughts and social life.
  • There is no correlation between severity of acne and emotional impact. Even mild acne can have an negative impact on people’s life.
  • Depressive symptoms in people with psoriasis are associated with health-impairing behaviour such as smoking, drinking and decreased physical activities. This emphasises the importance of focusing on mental aspects of living with a chronic skin disease, since this also have an impact on the physical well-being.
  • People living together with psoriasis patients experience impaired life quality. Studies show that 87.7% of people living with patients living with psoriasis also experienced an negative influence on their life. Overall, patients with psoriasis as well as those living with them had a higher prevalence of depression and anxiety when compared with families without any skin condition.

The above-mentioned conclusions are based on a study comparing existing scientific literature about the psychosocial impact of the two skin diseases acne and psoriasis. Living with a chronic or non-chronic skin disease has a large impact on people’s lives, which scientists are increasingly focusing on as a research area. If you need support with the impact of your skin condition on your quality of life, be sure to reach out to your GP for help.

Title of publication: The psychosocial impact of acne, vitiligo, and psoriasis: a review
Date and journal: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, Oct. 2016
Link to article: Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2016 Oct 20;9:383-392. eCollection 2016.



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