Acne - Not Just A Teen Issue
While acne may traditionally be viewed as a teenage "rite of passage," results from a groundbreaking national survey released today show that acne is a problem that also commonly affects adults. The survey finds that acne can negatively impact many aspects of a person's life -- professional, academic, physical and social -- and a basic lack of knowledge may be preventing or hindering appropriate treatment options.
Conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Retin-A Micro Pump, the Skin Matters 2008 Survey is a comprehensive analysis designed to address acne-related issues and treatment considerations among teens, adults, parents and dermatologists.
Adults with acne report that the condition affects multiple facets of their lives, with 38% agreeing it is more stressful having acne as an adult than as a teenager, and 50% finding it to be unappealing, more so than having facial wrinkles (36%) or gray hair (29%). Adults with acne also state that it negatively impacts their self-confidence (41%) and mood (31%). Some report acne's negative impacts on their lifestyle, such as refraining from asking for or accepting a date (9%), canceling social plans (7%), getting passed over for a promotion or raise (3%).
While people get acne well into their forties and fifties, many adults with acne believed that they would no longer have it by the time they reached their twenties (67%). Survey results show that, on average, nearly one-half of dermatologists' acne patients (46%) are adults and two-thirds (66%) currently see more adult acne patients than they did one year ago.