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

Ochsendorf, Falk Rudiger
Paeslack, Ingrid
Kaufmann, Roland
Zollner, Thomas Matthias
Published in EJD. European journal of dermatology. 2002, vol. 12, no. 6, p. 577-580
Abstract 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.
Keywords AdolescentAdultAgedCohort StudiesCosmetics/*therapeutic useFacial Dermatoses/diagnosis/psychology/*rehabilitationFemaleHumansMiddle AgedPatient SatisfactionPilot ProjectsProbability*Quality of LifeQuestionnairesSeverity of Illness IndexSickness Impact ProfileSkin Diseases/diagnosis/psychology/*rehabilitationStatistics, NonparametricStress, PsychologicalTreatment Outcome
PMID: 12459532
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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.

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