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Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students

Rakan S. Alajmi, Yara E. Aljefri, Nada K. Naaman, Ali A. Alraddadi, Awadh M. Alamri.

Abstract
Objectives: Acne is one of the most common skin conditions worldwide. Acne self-medication was recognized to be a common practice among medical students. This study was conducted to measure the prevalence of acne self-medication among medical students, to identify the reasons, sources of information, types of medications, and to assess their knowledge, attitudes, practices towards acne self-medication
Methods: The study is a cross-sectional study conducted at College of Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A validated questionnaire was sent to medical students in their 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th academic year of medical school.
Results: A total of 249 pre-clinical and clinical years medical students completed the questionnaire. 178 (71.5%) medical students had experienced or were diagnosed with acne, 126 (70.8%) of whom, practiced self-medication to treat acne. Female students practiced self-medication significantly more than male students (P <0.001). The most common reason for self-medication was mildness of acne. Drug advertisement/internet/media was the most common source of information. Allopathic medications were the most common medication type used.
Conclusion: Acne self-medication is highly prevalent among medical students. Self-mediation, when rationally practiced, can be beneficial for minor symptoms. However, irrational practice of self-medication is associated with many drawbacks like drug resistance, polypharmacy, and drug side effects. Medical studentsí knowledge towards acne self-medication mandates further awareness to prevent such a harmful practice.

Key words: Acne Vulgaris, Self-medication, Medical students.


 
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Alajmi RS, Aljefri YE, Naaman NK, Alraddadi AA, Alamri AM. Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students. Int J Surg Med. 2020; 6(5): 5-10. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma


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Alajmi RS, Aljefri YE, Naaman NK, Alraddadi AA, Alamri AM. Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students. http://www.ejos.org/?mno=5338 [Access: January 16, 2021]. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma


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Alajmi RS, Aljefri YE, Naaman NK, Alraddadi AA, Alamri AM. Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students. Int J Surg Med. 2020; 6(5): 5-10. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma



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Alajmi RS, Aljefri YE, Naaman NK, Alraddadi AA, Alamri AM. Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students. Int J Surg Med. (2020), [cited January 16, 2021]; 6(5): 5-10. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma



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Alajmi, R. S., Aljefri, . Y. E., Naaman, . N. K., Alraddadi, . A. A. & Alamri, . A. M. (2020) Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students. Int J Surg Med, 6 (5), 5-10. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma



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Alajmi, Rakan S., Yara E. Aljefri, Nada K. Naaman, Ali A. Alraddadi, and Awadh M. Alamri. 2020. Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students. International Journal of Surgery and Medicine, 6 (5), 5-10. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma



Chicago Style

Alajmi, Rakan S., Yara E. Aljefri, Nada K. Naaman, Ali A. Alraddadi, and Awadh M. Alamri. "Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students." International Journal of Surgery and Medicine 6 (2020), 5-10. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alajmi, Rakan S., Yara E. Aljefri, Nada K. Naaman, Ali A. Alraddadi, and Awadh M. Alamri. "Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students." International Journal of Surgery and Medicine 6.5 (2020), 5-10. Print. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alajmi, R. S., Aljefri, . Y. E., Naaman, . N. K., Alraddadi, . A. A. & Alamri, . A. M. (2020) Acne Self-medication among Pre-clinical and Clinical Years Medical Students. International Journal of Surgery and Medicine, 6 (5), 5-10. doi:10.5455/ijsm.2020-07-050-derma