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Shortcomings identified in study of acne videos on TikTok

Key clinical point: The quality of acne information on the mobile application TikTok may be subpar.

Major finding: The average content quality of the TikTok videos was 2.0 using the DISCERN consumer health information validation tool; 86% of videos were uploaded by nonphysicians.

Study details: The data come from a cross-sectional study of the top 100 videos tagged with “#acne” on the mobile app TikTok on May 1, 2020.

Disclosures: The study received no outside funding. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Zheng DX et al. Pediatr Dermatol. 2020 Nov 28. doi: 10.1111/pde.14471.