How People with Facial Acne Scars are Perceived in Society: an Online Survey

Brigitte Dréno, Jerry Tan, Sewon Kang, Maria José Rueda, Vicente Torres Lozada, Vincenzo Bettoli, Alison M. Layton

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Introduction: Atrophic scarring occurs throughout the course of inflammatory acne and across the spectrum of severity. This study evaluates perceptions of the general population toward individuals with clear skin and acne scars. Methods: An online survey administered in the USA, UK, Japan, Germany, France and Brazil to respondents 18 years and over presented three facial pictures of clear skin or digitally superimposed acne scars (but no active acne lesions) in a random fashion. At least one clear and one scar picture were presented to each participant. Results: Among the 4618 responders, 33% themselves had facial acne scars. The skin was the first thing noticed about the face by 41% when viewing pictures with scars vs 8% viewing clear skin (p 

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-218
Number of pages12
JournalDermatology and Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016



  • Acne
  • Negative
  • Perception
  • Quality of life
  • Scars
  • Society
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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Dréno, B., Tan, J., Kang, S., Rueda, M. J., Torres Lozada, V., Bettoli, V., & Layton, A. M. (2016). How People with Facial Acne Scars are Perceived in Society: an Online Survey. Dermatology and Therapy, 6(2), 207-218.