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Acne is the most common skin condition, affecting the majority of people in their lifetime 12

  • An estimated 650 million people worldwide are living with acne 3

Acne mostly affects adolescents and young adults 1

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  • In adolescents, acne is more common in boys (95-100%) than girls (83-85%) 2
  • Up to 1 in 5 young people suffer from moderate to severe acne 1

Acne sometimes persists or occurs in adulthood 24

  • In adults aged over 25 years, 40-54% have some degree of facial acne, and clinical facial acne continues into middle age in around 12% of women and 3% of men 4
  • The prevalence of ‘female acne’ is increasing and affects more than 40% of women aged >25 years 5
  • Adult ‘female acne’ tends to be predominantly inflammatory, mostly restricted to the face and less severe than acne in adolescents 5

The prevalence of acne varies among countries and ethnic groups 6-9

  • Several epidemiological studies have shown that acne is more common in Black and Hispanic populations than Caucasian, Asian and Continental Indian populations 7–9


  1. Bhate K et al. Br J Dermatol 2013;168(3):474–485.
  2. Yentzer BA et al. Cutis 2010;86:94–99.
  3. Vos T et al. Lancet 2012;380:2163–2196.
  4. Cordain L et al. Arch Dermatol 2002;138:1584–1590.
  5. Preneau S et al. JEADV 2012;26:277–282.
  6. Bagatin E et al. An Bras Dematol 2014;89(3):428–435.
  7. Perkins AC et al. JEADV 2011;25:1054–1060.
  8. Shen Y et al. Acta Derm Venereol 2012;92:40–44.
  9. Gorelick J et al. J Dermatol Nurses Assoc 2015;7(3):154–162.

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