The Impact of Acne Vulgaris on Self Esteem in Adolescent and Young Adult
Objective: To determine the impact of acne vulgaris on Self-esteem in adolescents and young adults. Study Design: Descriptive Cross-Sectional Study. Settings: Department of Dermatology, Civil Hospital, a tertiary care public sector health facility in Karachi. Duration: January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018 (Six Months). Methodology: The study was conducted after informed consent; 158 patients diagnosed with acne vulgaris were evaluated for the impact it had on their self-esteem by using Rosenberg’s Self Esteem Scale (RSES). Chi square test was used to determine the correlation among different categorical variables. Results: Total 158 adolescent and young adults with acne vulgaris were included in the study, with 126 (79.7%) being females and 32 (20.3%) were males. The median age was 22.0 ± 4.62 years. Mean RSES score was 14.94 ± 0.141 and low self-esteem was reported in 67 (42.4%) participants. Conclusion: Acne vulgaris adversely effects self-esteem of patients, with one-third of the study population reporting low self-esteem. It was significantly low in females as compared to males.