Consequences of acne on stress, fatigue, sleep disorders and sexual activity: a population-based study

Acta Derm Venereol. 2015 Apr;95(4):485-8. doi: 10.2340/00015555-1998.


Acne is a common disease among young people, which could have a serious impact on quality of life. Based on a survey using the quotas method on a large sample of the French population, we studied the impact of acne on feelings of stress, fatigue upon waking, sleep disorders and sexual activity. We did not establish any relationship to sleep disorders, but clearly ascertained that people with acne (n = 1,375) feel more stressed and have less sexual intercourse. Hence, 18% of people from acne group declared to be stressed every day (13.9% in control group) and 37.5% had no sexual intercourse (20.4% in control group; n = 891). To our knowledge, this is the first study to show that fatigue upon waking is strongly associated with the presence of acne (65.4% versus 58.4%). This study emphasises the fact that acne could have a deep resounding impact on the lives of people suffering from the disease.

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / epidemiology*
  • Acne Vulgaris / psychology*
  • Adolescent
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Fatigue / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology*
  • Young Adult