WASHINGTON – Acne patients are telling the truth when they describe feeling isolated, rejected, and stigmatized – and now there are data to prove it.
Dr. Alexa B. Kimball, professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, found that almost 70% of people surveyed believe that those with acne are unattractive and hesitate to be seen with them. Her survey of 56 people also found that they harbor fears that acne is infectious and can be transmitted, that it’s caused by poor hygiene and diet.
“The widespread misconceptions about acne contribute to negative perceptions, which can affect patients’ quality of life and social interaction,” Dr. Kimball said. “When our patients describe these feelings, they are describing their real, day-to-day life experiences.”
See more of her comments on treating patients with acne in this video.