In teenagers, acne is very common: 85% of people aged 12–24 years have acne to some degree and acne is diagnosed as moderate-to-severe in up to a fifth of young people.
Burden of acne – Understanding the wider impact
Acne is a chronic condition and can sometimes persist into adulthood. As well as the physical effects, acne is also associated with psychosocial burden and pharmacoeconomic implications.,
In addition to the clinical severity of acne, there are many factors that affect the patient and that need to be considered when determining the overall severity of disease.
Physical aspects include pain, hyperpigmentation and scarring;; emotional factors include profound psychosocial impact that can range from embarrassment to anxiety and severe depression.,,, Acne also has a detrimental impact on relationships, school, work and social functioning.,
Optimal management of acne requires the identification of these factors – through effective dialogue and assessment – and taking them into account when managing your patient’s acne
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