Preventing psychological distress in patients with acne
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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.e8166

Received: 30 July 2013

Accepted: 28 October 2013

Published in print: 29 January 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review