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ISRN Dermatology
Volume 2013, Article ID 929340, 6 pages
Research Article

Knowledge, Beliefs, and Psychosocial Effect of Acne Vulgaris among Saudi Acne Patients

1Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, P.O. Box 2114, Dammam 31451, Saudi Arabia
2Postgraduate Center of Family and Community Medicine, Directorate of Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

Received 6 August 2013; Accepted 9 October 2013

Academic Editors: T. J. Ryan and A. Zalewska

Copyright © 2013 Magdy A. Darwish and Ahmed A. Al-Rubaya. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. This study was conducted to assess the knowledge, beliefs, and psychosocial effect of acne vulgaris among acne patients attending referral dermatology clinic in Al-Khobar city. Material and Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted on all Saudi acne patients (males and females) attending referral dermatology clinic in Al-Khobar Governmental Hospital. The data were collected by using a structured self-administered questionnaire. Results. Like other studies conducted before, we found that 58.33% of our sample have poor knowledge about factors that affect acne vulgaris with a significant correlation with both age and gender ( and resp.). There was significant association of reporting affected social activities with age and educational level ( and resp.). Variation between both genders regarding reporting feeling stressed due to acne was significant ( ). The majority of our sample sought medical advice after one year. The most commonly used treatment for acne vulgaris before seeking medical help was peeling products. The majority of our patients thought that acne needs no treatment by physicians. Doctors' treatment is considered guaranteed and safe by the vast majority of our patients. Conclusion. This study showed that knowledge about acne is still insufficient among acne patients.