Concerns, Expectations, and Management Gaps Relating to Acne and Associated Scarring Identified from Survey Data

Jerry Tan, Anna L. Chien, Jean Philippe York, Alison M. Layton

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INTRODUCTION: Our objective was to identify concerns, burden of disease, education gaps, and expectations of acne/acne scarring respondents and investigate acne/acne scarring related burden. Also, to consider perception of acne/acne scarring and additional education needs through responses from the general population. METHODS: One online survey from 1000 respondents aged 14–26 years old who currently had moderate to severe acne and/or acne scarring (AcnePop) and one from 2000 nationally representative USA respondents aged ≥14 years old [general population (GenPop)]. RESULTS: Among the AcnePop, 26% had never consulted a healthcare professional and 36% never received a prescription for acne/acne scarring. Of those who had seen a medical professional, 72% consulted a dermatologist, 45% a primary care physician, and 23% a therapist/psychiatrist. The vast majority (94%) were dissatisfied with information they received from the healthcare provider. Topics they desired more information on included available treatment options (46%), how different skin types are affected by acne (44%), acne triggers (44%), and their acne severity (43%). Of GenPop (n=781) who had given unsolicited advice to people with acne, the most common suggestions were to see a doctor (47%), change their hygiene habits (39%), or change their diet (37%). CONCLUSION: AcnePop are often dissatisfied with the information they receive from healthcare providers and more comprehensive information should be provided to help them understand their condition and available treatment options. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021;20(6):600-606. doi:10.36849/JDD.5920.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)600-606
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of drugs in dermatology : JDD
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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