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American Academy of Dermatology: New Study Finds Women More Likely Than Men to be Affected by Acne as Adults
Date:10/18/2007

had ever had a pimple or acne, the vast majority (73.3 percent) 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. Specifically,

-- 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.

-- During their 50s or older, 15.3 percent of women and 7.3 percent of men

reported experiencing acne.

A separate section of the survey, which included questions assessing aspects of acne specific to women, asked female participants to note changes in acne around the time of their menstrual period, their pre-menopausal or post-menopausal status, and the effect of any treatments for symptoms of menopause on acne. Of the pre-menopausal women surveyed, 62.2 percent noted that their acne gets worse around the time of menstruation. In addition, of the 86 women who reported using either hormone replacement therapy or over-the-counter medications for the side effects of menopause, nine women (10.5 percent) reported improvement in their acne with the use of these therapies. However, 75 of the women (87.2 percent) reported no change with these menopausal therapies, and two women (2.3 percent) reported that their acne symptoms worsened.

"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 mo
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