Curr Health Sci J, vol. 46, no. 2, 2020

Myths, Perceptions and Practices in Acne - A Study on Adolescents and Young Adults

[Original paper]


(1)Ankara Bilkent City Hospital


Background and aim: Acne vulgaris is a worldwide disease, affecting 85% of adolescents and young adults. Psychological burden of the disease can be profound and may even exceed its physical impact. Adolescents often seek information from a variety of sources, which contributes misinformation and misconceptions. The aim of the present study was to investigate perspectives and attitudes of adolescents and young adults towards acne. Material and Methods: A total of 318 consecutive patients with acne vulgaris (236 female, 82 male) were prospectively enrolled over a period of 4 months. Following a thorough dermatological examination, patients were graded according to Investigator's Global Assessment scale for disease severity. Patients were asked to respond a 28-item self-administered questionnaire, which consisted of questions on beliefs, perceptions and practices of the patients towards acne. Results: 63.5% of the patients considered acne as a ‘must be treated disease’ and 96.5% believed that treatment should be given by a dermatologist. 84.6% of the patients presumed that dietary changes may reduce or prevent acne lesions, while 95% regarded some dietary factors as aggravating. Female patients more frequently assumed acne as a hormonal disease. Patients with university education considered high water intake and increased fruit and vegetable consumption as ameliorating factors for acne. Conclusion: The overall knowledge about acne was found to be poor. These data confirm the need for public awareness and education on acne.

Acne vulgaris, myth, perception, attitude, questionnaire

Ahu Yorulmaz, Ankara Bilkent City Hospital, e-mail:

DOI 10.12865/CHSJ.46.02.02 - Download PDF