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Karolina Chilicka Hebel, Speaker at Dermatology Conferences
University of Opole, Poland
Title : Examining quality of life after treatment with azelaic and pyruvic acid peels in women with acne vulgaris


Purpose: This randomized parallel study aims to investigate the azelaic acid (AA), and pyruvic acid (PA) peels treatment effect on health-related quality of life (QOL) in young adult women with acne vulgaris.

Patients and methods: The participants were 120 female undergraduate students, with mild to moderate facial acne and an average age of 22 years old (M = 22.2, SD = 16.1). Eligibility criteria were as follows: female gender, 18-25 years of age, no dermatological treatment within the last 12 months and mild to moderate papulopustular acne. Patients were randomly divided into two groups, the first group was treated with AA, and the second group was treated with PA. Both groups received treatment every 2 weeks, for a total of 12 weeks. The Hellgren-Vincent scale was used to assess acne severity, and the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) and Skindex-29 were used to evaluate the quality of life of each patient. These scores were calculated before treatment, and after finishing the final treatment.

Results: All scoring systems used (Hellgren-Vincent scale, DLQI, and Skindex-29) demonstrated improvement in both groups. QOL scores were slightly better in the group using pyruvic acid compared with azelaic acid.

Conclusion: Both AA and PA have a significant impact on the objective assessment of acne symptoms, as well as the subjectively measured quality of life of young adult women with acne. There is a slightly greater improvement in QOL scores with PA compared with AA peeling treatment.

Audience Take Away Notes: 

  • Listeners will learn what acne vulgaris is
  • Listeners will learn what treatments help in reducing acne
  • The listeners will learn what problems with the quality of life are caused by acne vulgaris
  • The listeners will learn how cosmetic procedures can improve the quality of life
  • The listeners will find out what surveys were used in the study


Her research interests are focusing on acne vulgaris skin, oil skin, cellulite. As a cosmetologist she is trying to use cosmetics and new cosmetological devices to reduce skin problems. Also very important aspect  in her research field is quality of life of her patients.