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American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2019, 7(4), 162-172
DOI: 10.12691/ajmsm-7-4-4
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Knowledge and Beliefs Regarding Acne Vulgaris among Governmental Secondary School Students in Makkah Almukarramah, 2018

Heba Albokhari1,

1Family Medicine Resident, Joint Program Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Pub. Date: November 21, 2019

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Heba Albokhari. Knowledge and Beliefs Regarding Acne Vulgaris among Governmental Secondary School Students in Makkah Almukarramah, 2018. American Journal of Medical Sciences and Medicine. 2019; 7(4):162-172. doi: 10.12691/ajmsm-7-4-4


Background: Acne, also known as acne vulgaris, is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. It is characterized by blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, oily skin, and possible scarring. It primarily affects areas of the skin with a relatively high number of oil glands, including the face, upper part of the chest, and back. Acne vulgaris is a common condition extremely prevalent among teenagers and young adults under the age of 24 years. Nearly 85% of adolescents in this age group experience some degree of acne. The prevalence of Acne vulgaris among female secondary school students in Arar city, KSA, during the second semester of the academic year 2017–2018 was 14.3%. It had a considerable impact on their quality of life. Proper dermatological care should be offered in secondary schools.Acne lasts for several years and thus may significantly influence in many ways the lives of those affected. Therefore, early and effective treatment is needed to save these patients from all the possible complications. Successful treatment of acne is significantly affected The present study was conducted to know the level of Knowledge and beliefs regarding acne vulgaris among governmental secondary school students in Makkah. Aim of the study: To determine the knowledge and beliefs of acne vulgaris among the students. Method: A cross-sectional study design. The current study was conducted Male and female secondary school students from selected governmental schools in Makkah. The total the sample size calculation will be 284 students (Female and male). Results: Total 284 school students. The majority of Participants were female (58.8%) The most Participants common education level was Second grade (36.3%) and the least common was Third grade (31.7%) will the first grade (32.0 %), positive correlations between belief and knowledge Where (r = 0.120; p < 0.043). Conclusion: That misconception of acne is widespread among Saudi youth. A health education program is needed to improve the understanding of the condition. Forty-seven percent of our study believed that treating acne by doctors requires Long-term follow-up.

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