The condition is most common in adolescents, with 70-95% affected to some degree by blemished skin, and 15-30% will use acne medication to relieve symptoms1. Symptoms can persist into adulthood and some people, especially women, experience symptoms for the first time after the age of 25. Persistent or late-onset acne is known as Acne Tarda.
Acne typically appears on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back and ranges in serverity from light Acne (known as Acne Comedonica) through moderate Acne (Acne Papulopustulosa) to severe Acne (Acne Conglobata). Learn more about the different types of Acne here.
But Acne doesn’t just affect people’s skin, it impacts on their quality of life too. Acne's psychological impact can be considerable as symptoms can be stressful and cause issues around self-confidence. This is just one reason why it’s important to consult a dermatologist if you are in any way troubled by your skin condition.
There are a range of effective Acne treatment options available and timely medication can prevent a deterioration in skin condition and subsequent damage, such as hyperpigmentation and scarring.
1 C.C.Zouboulis, Hautarzt 2014 65: 733-750
There are three grades of acne severity: