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GIORNALE ITALIANO DI DERMATOLOGIA E VENEREOLOGIA
A Journal on Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
Impact Factor 1,014
Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2016 February;151(1):87-92
Women and acne: any difference from males? A review of the literature
Nevena SKROZA, Ersilia TOLINO, Ilaria PROIETTI, Nicoletta BERNARDINI, Giorgio LA VIOLA, Francesca NICOLUCCI, Riccardo PAMPENA, Sara ZUBER, Veronica BALDUZZI, Valentina SOCCODATO, Maria T. MANCINI, Concetta POTENZA ✉
Department of Dermatology “Daniele Innocenzi” La Sapienza University of Rome Polo Pontino, Rome, Italy
INTRODUCTION: The attention to the impact of gender differences in acne is needed and, at the moment, lacking. The aim of this paper was to perform a systematic review on gender differences in acne.
EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A review of the literature was performed using the PubMed and Ovid literature search engines , using a variety of combined search terms including “acne”, “gender”, “sex”, “females”, “males”. The search extended until July 2013.
EVIDENCE SYNTESIS: Gender differences in acne highlight hormonal interactions as a major target for which more research is needed to translate current findings to clinically significant diagnostic and therapeutic applications. In addition, female patients are more likely to develop anxiety and depression due to their condition, and acne improvement positively influences quality of life.
CONCLUSIONS: The patient’s sex should not radically alter diagnostic or therapeutic efforts, although gender differences could be necessary to set up clinical management, monitoring also the psychological aspect.