Our May survey was completed by 147 patients, of which 99% were female, thus not giving much information about male acne, but good feedback to female experience of this bothersome condition.
The majority of the respondents, at 83%, are in varying age groups between ages 26 -55, where patients generally suffer from adult acne. Only 7% of respondents were aged between 18 – 25.
From the total number of respondents that answered the survey, 24% struggle with acne, and 35% indicated “sometimes”. This is quite common as acne can be triggered by your monthly cycle, periods of enhanced stress levels or fluctuating hormone levels.
The areas most commonly affected by acne are:
“Chin & Jaw” at 35%, and “cheeks” at 19%. 38% of respondents said they don’t have any acne at all.
42% of respondents struggled with acne from age 13 (i.e. during the puberty years), and the statistics decline as they grew older:
17% between 20 – 30 years,
12% between 31 – 40 years,
6% over the age of 40 years.
What is interesting is that only 12% of respondents that suffer from acne get this on the body, with the back at 20%, and chest, neck & ‘other’ making up an additional 17%.
This indicates the facial area is much more commonly affected by acne and other acne lesions.
54% of respondents have had treatment for their acne and subsequent scarring.
The treatment popularity ranged from topical creams and lotions, at 43%, to subcision for acne scarring at 3%:
39% Chemical Peels
28% Internal supplements
27% Laser Treatment
3% Subsicion for acne scarring
Did you know: The most significant dietary contributing factors to acne formation is dairy, sugar, and grains. Only 22% of respondents indicated that they always follow a restricted diet to help their bodies prevent and fight conditions such as acne, 33% indicated sometimes adjusting their diet habits, and 46% don’t change their diet for facial benefits. Further to diet changes, only 12% of respondents take daily supplements to fight acne