Research Outcome: PCOS and Acne


This study, advertised in February 2017, was conducted by PhD student Kate Adkins from the University of Sheffield. Her research tested the relationship between how participants use Facebook, and acne related stigma, and the effect that comparing one’s appearance to others had on this.

·         She found that among Facebook users, the more participants engaged with a  photo related activity, the more they reported stigmatisation and negative comparisons of themselves to others.  

·         She also found that participants who disclosed having PCOS, reported higher levels of acne related stigma compared to individuals without PCOS and, were similar to the levels of stigma that participants with other long-term health conditions reported.

·         Overall, participants reported higher levels of appearance-related social media use, negative appearance comparisons, acne related stigma and lower levels of self-compassion.