Few studies provide qualitative data on the acne treatment experience. This study describes patients’ personal experiences of acne treatment. Video interviews were made of 27 teenagers and young adults with acne treated for 12 weeks with adapalene/benzoyl peroxide gel. Transcripts were then coded and qualitatively analyzed. Four thematic domains affecting quality of life and experience were identified: clinical manifestations, self-perception, social placement, and perception of control. Successful treatment increased self-esteem and performance at work and school. Successful acne treatment improves patients’ quality of life by improving appearance and self-perception, satisfaction with social placement, and perception of control.
Skaggs RL, Hix E, Huang KE, Feldman SR