La	Revue	de	Santé	de	la	Méditerranée	orientale,	Vol.	12,	No	6,	2006
Factors	believed	by	Jordanian
acne	patients	to	affect	their	acne
Z.	El-Akawi,1	N.	Abdel-Latif	Nemr,2	K.	Abdul-Razzak3	and	M.	Al-Aboosi4
1Department	of	Biochemistry	and	Molecular	Biology;	2Department	of	Applied	Medical	Sciences;	3Department
of	Clinical	Pharmacy;	4Department	of	Internal	Medicine;	Jordan	University	of	Science	and	Technology,
School	of	Medicine,	Irbid,	Jordan	(Correspondence	to	Z.	El-Akawi:	firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received:	24/10/04;	accepted:	09/03/05
ABSTRACT	This	 study	 in	 Jordan	 described	 the	 pattern	 of	 acne	 in	 166	 untreated	 acne	 patients	 aged
13–42	 years	 attending	 dermatology	 clinics	 and	 assessed	 patients’	 perceptions	 of	 factors	 that	 have	 an
effect	 on	 their	 acne	 condition.	 Family	 history	 of	 acne	 was	 positive	 in	 69.3%	 of	 acne	 patients.	 Emotional
stress,	 hot	 weather	 and	 sweating	 were	 believed	 to	 be	 aggravating	 factors	 by	 acne	 patients	 of	 both	 sexes,
and	 premenstrual	 factors	 and	 cosmetics	 were	 factors	 among	 women.	 Many	 acne	 patients	 believed	 that
their	 acne	 was	 exacerbated	 by	 certain	 aspects	 of	 diet	 including	 nuts,	 chocolate,	 fatty	 food,	 fried	 food,
eggs,	cakes	and	biscuits,	spices	and	coffee	and	tea.