October 8, 2021

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Dreno B et al. ePoster. The emotional burden and epidemiology of facial acne scarring: A population survey of affected adults in Europe. Presented at: European Institute of Dermatology and Venereology Congress; September 29-October 2, 2021 (virtual meeting).

Disclosure: Dréno reportedly received honors from either mentoring, consulting or serving as a speaker for BMS, Galderma, Merck, Serono, Pierre Fabre and Sanofi. Please see poster for a list of relevant financial disclosures by all authors.


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According to a poster introduced at the virtual meeting of the EADV Congress, acne scarring results in a significant emotional burden that affects daily life.

“More than 40% of patients with facial acne (FA) develop clinically relevant acne scars” Dr. BrigitteItsno, MD, professor of skin cancer at the University Hospital of Nantes in Nantes, France, and colleagues wrote. “Very little is known about the demographic, clinical, and emotional profiles of patients with acne scarring.”

Researchers conducted a population study of 300 European adults with atrophic facial acne scars, who were asked to answer an online questionnaire.

The median age at onset of scarring was 18.7 years, with the first signs of acne starting at an average age of 14.3 years.

33% of participants reported feeling uncomfortable with acne, with 32% saying they felt less attractive because of it. Verbal or physical bullying because of their acne was reported by 30% of respondents.

Daily schedule was affected by acne scarring in 37% of participants, and 66% reported avoiding at least one social or recreational activity due to their scars. These activities include taking pictures (26%), going to public places without makeup (21%), eating or drinking certain foods or drinks (20%) or basking in the sun ( 20%).

Regardless of the severity of facial acne, acne scars represent a significant mental burden on European patients, affecting their daily activities, the authors write.

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