STUDY OF ASSOCIATION BETWEEN ACNE AND STRESS IN TEENAGERS

Dr Ganesh R Mundhada, Dr Telhure Bhushan J, Dr Shelly

Abstract


Background: Acne vulgaris is the most common chronic inflammatory skin disease of the hair follicle. Psychological
stress has also been identified amongst factors that exacerbate acne. Several studies have shown that psychological
stress can alter the immune functions of the skin
Materials and methods: A total of 300 patients were included in the study. Patients were divided in two groups; subject
and control groups with each group containing 150 patients. Both the cases and controls were given 14 items
questionnaires of Perceived Stress Scale to assess the stress level. All the cases were also assessed by Global Acne
Grading Scale to assess severity of acne
Results: Out of the 300 patients enrolled, 170 patients were females and 130 patients were males. Showing Low stress
score among 48 cases as compared to 96 cases in controls. Moderate stress score was seen in 84 of cases as compared to
45 controls .High stress score was seen in 18 cases as compared to 9 controls.
Conclusion: Acne as a disease lasts longer and persists into adulthood. Stress triggers or worsens acne by multiple
mechanisms. The role of stress induced acne has been identified very accurately. Stress management must be
emphasized upon during management of acne.


Keywords


Stress, Acne, Teenage

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