• We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser and may not function properly. More information
Logo of bmjBMJ helping doctors make better decisionsSearch bmj.comLatest content
BMJ. May 6, 1989; 298(6682): 1217–1219.
PMCID: PMC1836257

Acne in schoolchildren: no longer a concern for dermatologists.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE--To determine the prevalence and severity of acne among schoolchildren in Glasgow. DESIGN--Secondary schools in Glasgow were divided by postcode into five socioeconomic cluster groups. Different numbers of schools were selected at random from the five groups to ensure proportional representation. One class from each registration year of the chosen schools was selected at random and the whole class recruited into the study. SETTING--15 Secondary schools in Glasgow. SUBJECTS--2014 Randomly selected schoolchildren aged 12-17 (5% of total secondary school roll). INTERVENTIONS--None. END POINT--Assessment of facial acne by two independent examiners by a recognised acne scoring system. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS--The prevalence of acne in boys increased from 40% (75/189) at age 12 to 95% (108/114) at age 16, and in girls it increased from 61% (114/187) at age 12 to 83% (136/164) at age 16. On a scale of 0 to 10 only 18 boys (1.8%) and three girls (0.3%) had grades of acne of 1.0 or greater; most of the pupils had grade 0.05-0.375 (minimal) acne. Nine per cent of boys (88/973) and 14% of girls (145/1041) had visited their general practitioner specifically for advice on and treatment for acne; only five pupils (0.3%) had been referred to a dermatologist. CONCLUSIONS--Both the prevalence and severity of acne have decreased over the past 20 years. This has probably been due to improvement of treatment for acne by primary care doctors and the greater availability and use of over the counter preparations for acne.

Full text

Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (617K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page. Links to PubMed are also available for Selected References.

Selected References

These references are in PubMed. This may not be the complete list of references from this article.
  • Burton JL, Cunliffe WJ, Stafford I, Shuster S. The prevalence of acne vulgaris in adolescence. Br J Dermatol. 1971 Aug;85(2):119–126. [PubMed]
  • Cunliffe WJ, Gould DJ. Prevalence of facial acne vulgaris in late adolescence and in adults. Br Med J. 1979 Apr 28;1(6171):1109–1110. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Finlay SE. Physical diseases in university students. Br Med J. 1976 Nov 27;2(6047):1312–1314. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Burke BM, Cunliffe WJ. The assessment of acne vulgaris--the Leeds technique. Br J Dermatol. 1984 Jul;111(1):83–92. [PubMed]
  • Fellowes HM, Billewicz WZ, Thomson AM. Is acne a sign of normal puberty? A longitudinal study. J Biosoc Sci. 1981 Oct;13(4):401–407. [PubMed]
  • Kligman AM. An overview of acne. J Invest Dermatol. 1974 Mar;62(3):268–287. [PubMed]
  • Stern RS, Johnson ML, DeLozier J. Utilization of physician services for dermatologic complaints. The United States, 1974. Arch Dermatol. 1977 Aug;113(8):1062–1066. [PubMed]

Articles from BMJ : British Medical Journal are provided here courtesy of BMJ Group

Formats:

Related citations in PubMed

See reviews...See all...

Cited by other articles in PMC

See all...

Links

  • MedGen
    MedGen
    Related information in MedGen
  • PubMed
    PubMed
    PubMed citations for these articles

Recent Activity

Your browsing activity is empty.

Activity recording is turned off.

Turn recording back on

See more...