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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 12, Issue 1, September 2014 pp 173-176

Research Article

A study to determine the quality of life in patients with acne vulgaris

Amal Shyam1, T. V. Anoop2, S.Ajayakumar3, K. Robins4, S. Rajiv5

1Resident, 2Associate Professor, 3Assistant Professor, 4,5Professor, Department of Dermatology, Pariyaram Medical College Kannur, Kerala, INDIA.

Introduction: This study was undertaken to determine the severity of acne vulgaris and its relation with quality of life of these patients. There were 132 patients with mild grade, 29 patients with moderate grade and 2 patients with severe grade acne vulgaris according to Global Acne Grading System (GAGS). Quality of life was assessed using Cardiff Acne Disability lndex (CADI) which showed moderate grade in most of the patients (50.3%). Patients with post acne scarring showed poor quality of Life. The present study demonstrated a significant correlation between severity of acne and impairment in quality of life. Patients with severe acne had high grade CADI whereas patients with mild acne had low grade CADI. Our study thus provides further evidence of the association between severity of acne and lowered quality of life, and also brings attention to the need for a holistic approach in the management of moderate-to-severe Acne vulgaris patients.