Author(s): Goulden V, Stables GI, Cunliffe WJ
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Acne is usually considered a disorder of adolescence, and a number of studies have examined the prevalence of this condition in the adolescent population. There are, however, relatively few data on the prevalence of acne in the adult population. OBJECTIVE: A community-based study was carried out to investigate the current prevalence of facial acne in adults. METHODS: Seven hundred forty-nine persons older than 25 years were examined for facial acne by means of the Leeds acne-grading technique. RESULTS: A degree of facial acne was recorded in 231 women and 130 men, giving an overall prevalence of 54\% (95\% confidence interval [CI], 49-58) in women and 40\% (95\% CI, 35-45) in men (P <.001). The acne observed in volunteers consisted principally of physiological acne, but clinical facial acne (grade > 0.75) was recorded in 3\% (95\% CI, 1.2-4.8) of men and in 12\% (95\% CI, 9-15) of women (P <.001). The prevalence of acne did not substantially decrease until after the age of 44 years (P <.001). CONCLUSION: This study shows a prevalence of clinical facial acne in women of 12\%, which is likely to persist into middle age.
This article was published in J Am Acad Dermatol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Dermatology Research