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J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2018 Mar;32(3):463-466. doi: 10.1111/jdv.14719. Epub 2017 Dec 18.

Acne across Europe: an online survey on perceptions and management of acne.

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1
Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology, Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland.
2
Department of Dermatology, Hôpital Henri Mondor, APHP, UPEC, Créteil, France.
3
Department of Pathophysiology and Transplantation, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
4
Department of Dermatology, UCL, Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc, Brussels, Belgium.
5
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Motol Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic.
6
Pierre Fabre Dermatologie, Les Cauquillous, Lavaur, France.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Acne is common among young people.

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the burden, management and sources of advice of acne in a representative sample of young people in Europe.

METHODS:

This cross-sectional survey was conducted in a representative sample of individuals aged 15-24 years from Belgium, Czech and Slovak Republics, France, Italy, Poland and Spain (n = 3099).

RESULTS:

Most individuals considered their acne (all severity stages) to be no/minor problem, although 29.7% considered it a major problem/burden. Over-the-counter (OTC) topical treatments were used more frequently than prescribed treatments. Acne was diagnosed by physicians in 47.6% of cases; other health professionals (nurses, pharmacists) or patients accounted for the remainder of diagnoses. Physicians were the source of acne information in just over one-quarter of cases (27.0%). The vast majority of advice was from friends/family and the Internet.

CONCLUSION:

Almost one-third of young people consider acne to be a major problem/burden. Fewer than half of acne diagnoses are made by a physician, and acne is often self-managed using OTC treatments.

PMID:
29194802
DOI:
10.1111/jdv.14719
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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