Acne Vulgaris | Comparison Between Interactive Internet-based Education and Counseling for the Management of Acne With That of Internet-based Education Alone

Acne Vulgaris research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

This study will develop and evaluate the efficacy of an Internet-based education program incorporating virtual coaching. For this study, the virtual coach will consist of online videos aimed at providing acne education and promoting behaviors that support healthy skin. The use of Web-based technologies and virtual coaching in acne-related patient education is novel, and may significantly improve clinical outcomes and quality of life in acne patients. We hypothesize that an interactive Internet-based education and counseling program will be more effective than Internet-based education alone in improving clinical outcomes and quality of life in acne patients.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Diagnosis of mild to moderate acne vulgaris - 13 years of age or older at time of assent, may be men or women. - Able read and understand English. - Able to hear and see the educational videos. - Access to computer with Internet access. - Capable of giving informed consent. - Not currently using any prescription acne treatment. Exclusion Criteria: - Non-English speaking individuals. - Self-reported exposure to environmental or chemical comedogenic agents - Women with self-reported hyperandrogenism (e.g., PCOS) - Women self-reporting current use of any form of specific acne-directed hormonal therapy - Men or women with self-reported history of Cushing syndrome or congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Acne Vulgaris

Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:Virtual Counseling

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

Online Education

Online virtual counseling

Study Status


Start Date: January 2014

Completed Date: July 2014

Phase: N/A

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Acne Lesion Counts (Inflammatory and Non-inflammatory)

Secondary Outcome: Dermatology Life Quality Index

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Audrey Wang, MD

Lead Sponsor: University of California, Davis


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