A new study has associated acne stigma with the lower overall quality of life. Females in the University of Limerick (UL) Ireland the study reported greater impairment of life quality and more symptoms than males. The study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE. According to the ANI report a survey of 271 acne sufferers revealed that their own negative perceptions of how society views their appearance is linked to higher psychological distress levels and further physical symptoms such as sleep disturbance headaches and gastrointestinal problems. Acne severity was significantly correlated with health-related quality of life and psychological distress.