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5 new facts about acne



  1. Acne treatments don’t work as well on women

Acne cures don’t work as well on women. One study showed that 82% of persistent female acne sufferers failed therapy with multiple courses of antibiotics, and 32% had relapsed after treatment with one or more courses of isotretinoin (1)

  1. Acne makes adults depressed

A recent study of approximately 2,000 acne sufferers, commissioned by the British Skin Foundation, revealed that 63% of respondents felt that the condition had affected their self-confidence and 20% had considered or attempted suicide.

Adults may be more self-conscious of their disease, and experience more social anxiety and isolation, as acne is still largely considered a disease that primarily affects teenagers.

  1. PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a high-risk factor for acne

Approximately 25% of women with PCOS will have acne

  1. Scarring from acne is becoming more common

According to the Acne Academy, facial acne scarring now affects up to 20% of people with acne

  1. Acne is on the rise in adult women

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 54% of women over the age of 25 now have some form of adult acne. Even celebrities who have access to the best skincare available suffer from adult acne.


  1. Ref Goulden V, Stables G, Cunliffe W. ‘Prevalence of facial acne in adults’, J Am Acad Dermatol, 41(4) (1999), p. 577-580.
  2. Lowenstein E J. ‘Diagnosis and management of the dermatological manifestations of the polycystic ovary syndrome’
  3. Dermatol Ther, 19(4) (2006), p. 210-223.
  4. Ref: Collier CN, Harper JC, Cantrell WC, Wang W, Foster KW, Elewski BE, ‘The prevalence of acne in adults 20 years and older,’ J Am Acad Dermatol, 58 (2008) pp.56-9.


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