Preventing psychological distress in patients with acne
Tracy Mooney Nurse practitioner, The Hollies GP Surgery, Essex
Acne is a skin condition that affects people of all ages, although it is most common in adolescents. It is a condition that can be underestimated by healthcare professionals because it is generally not life threatening. However, acne can have profound psychological effects on an individual, and can result in reduced self-esteem, depression and suicide in extreme cases. It is important, therefore, that nurses are aware of the psychological effects of this condition to assist in providing support and optimising psychological recovery for patients.
Nursing Standard. 28, 22, 42-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.01.28.22.42.e8166Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 30 July 2013
Accepted: 28 October 2013