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A Corrective Cosmetic Improves the Quality of Life and Skin Quality of Subjects with Facial Blemishes Caused by Skin Disorders

Authors Andra C, Suwalska A, Dumitrescu AM, Kerob D, Delva C, Hasse-Cieślińska M, Solymosi A, Arenbergerova M

Received 28 November 2019

Accepted for publication 27 February 2020

Published 30 March 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 253—257


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg

Cristea Andra, 1 Anna Suwalska, 2 Ana Maria Dumitrescu, 3 Delphine Kerob, 4 Catherine Delva, 5 Marta Hasse-Cieślińska, 6 Agnes Solymosi, 7 Monika Arenbergerova 8

1Private Practice, Bucharest, Romania; 2Primaderm, Warszawa, Poland; 3DClinic, Bucharest, Romania; 4Laboratoires Vichy, Levallois-Perret, France; 5Sylia-Stat, Bourg la Reine, France; 6Proderma, Poznań, Poland; 7Private Practice, Budapest, Hungary; 8Third Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and Kralovske Vinohrady University Hospital, Department of Dermatovenereology, Prague, Czech Republic

Correspondence: Monika Arenbergerova

Background: Facial blemishes resulting from skin disorders have a significant effect on the patient’s self-esteem and impact quality of life (QOL).
Aim: To assess the impact of a corrective cosmetic (CC) on QOL on top of skin quality parameters.
Methods: An international observational study was conducted on subjects with visible facial flaws that would benefit from a corrective cosmetic. Investigators collected data regarding demographics, QOL using the Skindex-16 scale, skin dryness and tautness, subject and investigator satisfaction, cosmetic acceptability and tolerance at baseline and after 4 to 6 weeks of daily use.
Results: A total of  1840 subjects participated; the mean age was 31.5± 11.1 and 95% were women. Acne accounted for 48.9% of skin conditions, followed by melasma (16.7%) and rosacea (15.3%). Of the subjects 81.2% had at least 10% of the face affected and the condition was rated as disfiguring by 45.3% of the subjects; 45.0% and 44.4%, respectively, had neither taut nor dry skin at baseline. Baseline Skindex-16 scores for symptoms, emotions, functioning and overall were 1.4± 1.3, 3.5± 1.6, 2.4± 1.8 and 2.4± 1.3, respectively, on a scale from 0 to 6. Compliance was 96.0± 10.6%. At the end of the study, Skindex-16 scores had significantly (p< 0.0001) improved for all parameters, as did skin dryness and tautness. Subject and investigator satisfaction were high or very high; cosmetic acceptability was high or very high and local tolerance good or very good.
Conclusion: The tested corrective cosmetic significantly improved the QOL of subjects with significant facial flaws, skin tautness and dryness, and was well tolerated.

Keywords: corrective cosmetic, dermatoses, quality of life, SKINDEX-16

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