Interestingly, the severity of one's acne does not necessarily determine the amount of emotional distress a person may endure. Some patients with mild acne will not leave their home or participate in social activities during a breakout. In contrast, some patients with more severe acne continue on with their day-to-day lives, seeming to experience less of an emotional impact.(3)
"The effect acne has on each individual varies. It is the dermatologists' responsibility to talk with their patients about acne, the psychological impact it may have on their lives, and to determine an efficient treatment plan to improve their patients' skin and quality of lives," says Dr. Fried.
The Skin Matters 2008 Survey finds that almost 9 out of 10 (89%) adults with acne believe they have some control over how their skin looks, and among those who use non-prescription medication, they typically spend $10 a month on non-prescription acne products. However, the survey also shows knowledge gaps in skin health that may hinder an adult's ability to effectively treat their acne. These gaps include the belief that drinking lots of water can prevent acne (60%) or that vigorously washing one's face is one of the best ways to take care of acne (35%).(1)
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), nearly every
case of acne can be treated.(4) In fact, 72% of dermatologists agree that
acne treatment options have improved considerably over the past five
years.(1) Tretinoin, the number one prescribed retinoid for the treatment
of acne, has proven to be highly effective over many years, and delivery
systems, such as the Retin-A Micro(R) Pump, have evo
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