BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Date of Submission



Ms. Aliya Iqbal Naqvi, Faculty Member, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts


Dr. Ayesha Zia, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


Acne is one of the most common and widespread skin diseases among females in Pakistan. Several studies have been conducted previously which mentions that acne impacts 85% of the population across different regions and may also have a negative impact on personal relationships, daily and sports activities, and work/school in teens and young adults. Though acne is considered to be merely a cosmetic problem, it is associated with considerable psychological impairment. As such, this quantitative study aimed to assess the relationship between acne vulgaris and its impact on the quality of life among females in various age groups. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 176 females, aged 19 to 24 and residing in Karachi, Pakistan. These females were diagnosed by self-reported acne and the severity of acne was measured using Global Acne Grading System (GAGS). The obtained scores of acne severity were utilized to gauge the effect on the quality of life among females using Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI). The results revealed a significant positive correlation between GAGS and DQLI i.e., acne severity and quality of life. In the research, 33.6% of females experienced moderate levels of acne severity, while a noteworthy 48.3% reported an extremely large effect on their quality of life due to acne-related issues. Variables with normal distribution were identified as mean ± standard deviation; a p value < 0.01 was significant. DLQI scores were 18.38 ± 7.99 and GAGS scores were 21.7273 ± 10.93. Overall, the study concluded that the quality of life is significantly impaired among females with acne. The findings emphasize the need for comprehensive interventions aiming to enhance the overall well-being and ameliorating quality of life for affected females.


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