Acne needs no introduction: We all know what it is, and the great majority of people have had experience with acne. Acne affects teenagers, and especially boys, at a very high rate, but it is certainly not exclusive to teens. Rosacea is often confused with acne, because both conditions commonly feature pimples.
Who gets acne?
Acne is the most common skin condition. It is often thought to be a disease that affects teenage boys. While it's true that the higher level of testosterone, acne can affect anyone regardless of age or sex. Acne also affects a significant proportion of adult women. Rosacea often affects middle aged women.
Where does acne develop?
Acne can develop anywhere on the skin where there are sebaceous glands. As the face holds many sebaceous glands, it is the most commonly affected area of the body, but it can also affect the chest and the back.
What is the typical age when patients develop acne?
Acne occurs most often during puberty. Typically, the acne is mild and will tend to become milder with age. For women, acne often occurs in their late twenties and thirties.
How does acne affect the patient?
Acne can cause inflammatory pimples which can be painful and discomforting. It is also a condition that can cause permanent scarring. More significantly, however, visible skin conditions like acne or rosacea can have a negative effect on a patient's social and emotional life.
For more information about acne, visit our Acne guide.