Susan V. Bershad, MD
Bershad S.; Acne. Ann Intern Med. 2008;149:ITC1-1. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-149-1-200807010-01001
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2008;149(1):ITC1-1.
Acne (also known as acne vulgaris, true acne, or teenage acne) affects 85% of U.S. adolescents but also occurs in up to 78% of preadolescents, 12% of adult women, and 3% of adult men. In addition to cosmetic effects, which can include permanent scarring, acne can have detrimental effects on self-image and social interactions. The annual cost of acne care in the United States, including over-the-counter products, outpatient visits, and prescription drugs, exceeds $2.2 billion. Despite its ubiquity, acne is poorly understood and often suboptimally treated.
Those at greatest risk for acne are adolescents whose first-degree relatives have been affected. Acne in girls tends to linger beyond the teen years, but boys tend to have more severe acne and an elevated risk for developing nodular acne.
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