Psychosocial Issues in Acne Management: Disease Burden, Treatment Adherence, and Patient Support

Semin Cutan Med Surg. 2015 Sep;34(5 Suppl):S92-4.

Abstract

Physical and emotional scarring are equally important burdens of acne vulgaris in patients of any age. Effective therapeutic regimens are readily available, and the consistent and correct use of these medications results in effective disease management, reduced risk for scarring, as well as improvement in various factors that affect quality of life. Nevertheless, adherence to treatment recommendations generally is poor. Clinicians can help improve adherence with a variety of strategies, including counseling, education, and choosing treatment options that are most consistent with a patient's lifestyle. Semin Cutan Med Surg 34(supp5):S92-S94 © 2015 published by Frontline Medical Communications.

Keywords: Acne; adherence; disease burden.