Predictive value of obsessive compulsive symptoms involving the skin on quality of life in patients with acne vulgaris

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Bez Y., YEŞİLOVA Y., Ari M., Kaya M. C., Alpak G., Bulut M.

Acta Dermato-Venereologica, vol.93, no.6, pp.679-683, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 93 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.2340/00015555-1598
  • Journal Name: Acta Dermato-Venereologica
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.679-683
  • Keywords: acne vulgaris, excessive cleaning, obsessive compulsive symptoms, quality of life, rumination, HORMONE SYSTEM, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, DISORDER, HEALTH, IMPACT
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Acne is one of the most common dermatological diseases, and obsessive compulsive disorder is among the most frequent psychiatric conditions seen in dermatology clinics. Comorbidity of these conditions may therefore be expected. The aim of this study was to measure obsessive compulsive symptoms and quality of life in patients with acne vulgaris, compare them with those of healthy control subjects, and determine whether there is any predictive value of obsessive compulsive symptoms for quality of life in patients with acne. Obsessive compulsive symptoms and quality of life measurements of 146 patients with acne vulgaris and 94 healthy control subjects were made using the Maudsley Obsessive Compulsive Questionnaire and Short Form-36 in a cross-sectional design. Patients with acne vulgaris had lower scores for physical functioning, physical role dysfunction, general health perception, vitality, and emotional role dysfunction. They also had higher scores for checking, slowness, and rumination. The only predictor of physical functioning and vitality dimensions of health-related quality of life in these patients was rumination score. Obsessive compulsive symptoms in patients with acne vulgaris are higher than in controls, and this may correlate with both disease severity and quality of life for patients. © 2013 Acta Dermato-Venereologica.