Male V Female: Adult Acne

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When most of us think of acne we think of teenagers, or even our own tender teenage years whether we are male or female. Yet after age 20, it is the female of the species who report they are far more likely than men to suffer from this common skin problem, according to a survey completed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

More than 1,000 men and women were asked to complete a survey to determine the prevalence of acne in adults. Of these participants, 73% reported having suffered from acne at some point in their lives. According to the survey results, acne affected both male and female participants equally during the teen years (68.5% of males and 66.8% of females reported having acne as teens).

In the study, Dermatologist Julie C. Harper, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham explained:

“Although acne is one of the most common skin diseases, there is a general misconception that it only affects teenagers…we treat acne patients of all ages – from those who have experienced acne since they were teenagers to others who have developed the condition for the first time as adults. Our study set out to determine just how common acne is among adult men and women.”

When asked whether they had ever had a pimple or acne, 73% of participants responded that at one time or another they had dealt with acne. The majority also reported that they had experienced acne as teenagers, with the number of men and women affected by the condition nearly identical (68.5 percent of male participants and 66.8 percent of female participants).

Interestingly, the survey found that for every age group following the teenage group, the reported incidence of acne was significantly higher among women than men.

  • During their 20s, 50.9 percent of women and 42.5 percent of men reported experiencing acne.
  • During their 30s, 35.2 percent of women and 20.1 percent of men reported experiencing acne.
  • During their 40s, 26.3 percent of women and 12 percent of men reported experiencing acne.

“Our findings demonstrate that acne is a persistent problem for people of all ages, but clearly women seem to be affected by this medical condition more than men when we examined the 20-plus age groups,” said Dr. Harper. “Research examining the role hormones play in the development of acne may hold the key to explaining why more adult women are affected by acne and could lead to future treatments to control this condition.”

Overall the study reported that acne is common medical condition can have a significant impact on a person’s overall quality of life – regardless of when it occurs. Not only is Lustre Pure Light dermatologically approved as an adult acne treatment but the device is used by many Doctors and Dermatologists across the country with their patients, if that is not a massive stamp of approval then we don’t know what is!

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