Scientific article

Decorative cosmetics improve the quality of life in patients with disfiguring skin diseases

Published inEJD. European journal of dermatology, vol. 12, no. 6, p. 577-580
Publication date2002

Dermatoses may have a significant impact on a patient's quality of life, namely the relationship to others, self-image and self-esteem. We therefore asked whether the application of decorative cosmetics might increase their quality of life. Twenty female patients (16-69 y) with skin diseases affecting the patients' face (acne, n = 8; rosacea, n = 9; chronic discoid lupus erythematodes, n = 2; vitiligo, n = 1) were investigated. The patients were instructed by a cosmetician how to use decorative cosmetics (Unifiance , La Roche-Posay, France) and applied it daily for 2 weeks. The dermatology quality of life questionnaire (DLQI) was performed before the first application and 2 weeks afterwards. The clinical course was documented by standardised photography. Unifiance was well tolerated and no side effects occurred. It completely masked the unwanted coloration and application resulted in a significant amelioration of the appearance. The mean DLQI score dropped significantly from 9.2 to 5.5 (p = 0.0009). Improvement of quality of life reached statistical significance among patients with acne (2.8 versus 7.8, p = 0.0078) and among individuals with a less severe initial impairment of quality of life (2.4 versus 4.2, p = 0.007). Thus, the use of decorative cosmetics in disfiguring skin diseases is an effective, well-tolerated measure increasing the patients' quality of life. We therefore suggest that decorative cosmetics can complement the treatment of disfiguring skin diseases.

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cosmetics/*therapeutic use
  • Facial Dermatoses/diagnosis/psychology/*rehabilitation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Probability
  • *Quality of Life
  • Questionnaires
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Skin Diseases/diagnosis/psychology/*rehabilitation
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Treatment Outcome
Affiliation Not a UNIGE publication
Citation (ISO format)
BOEHNCKE, Wolf-Henning et al. Decorative cosmetics improve the quality of life in patients with disfiguring skin diseases. In: EJD. European journal of dermatology, 2002, vol. 12, n° 6, p. 577–580.
ISSN of the journal1167-1122

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