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Assessing Facial and Torso Acne Separately

J Cutan Med Surg; ePub 2017 Nov 14; McLellan, et al

There is a need for a quality-of-life instrument that assesses the impact of acne on the face and torso separately, according to a recent study, and this unmet need can be addressed with a comprehensive acne quality-of-life measure that is inclusive of torso acne. Researchers evaluated the need for a comprehensive quality-of-life scale for facial and torso acne based on data from an epidemiological survey (n=690) in which participants were grouped according to the location of their acne (face, torso, or both) and where quality of life was assessed. Analysis of variance results revealed that participants with acne on their torso reported the highest levels of quality of life while participants with acne on their face reported the lowest levels.


McLellan C, Frey MP, Tan J. Assessing the need for a comprehensive acne quality-of-life scale for face and torso acne. [Published online ahead of print November 14, 2017]. J Cutan Med Surg. doi:10.1177/1203475417743232.

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