The Facts Behind The Acne Statistics 2017
Whether you’re just at the start of your acne
journey, or have been navigating these waters for a while now, the information
you see online and elsewhere may leave you feeling confused. In order to treat
your condition, it’s important to understand just how acne affects your skin
and body, and what’s really going on when you read those numbers.
What is Acne?
Acne is the most common skin condition in the United
States, and can affect anyone regardless of age, race, or sex. Acne is
attributed to a hormonal imbalance, which can affect the function of the sebaceous glands,
whose job it is to create sebum, or oil. This oil travels along the pore to
hydrate and protect the skin on the surface. When too much sebum becomes
clogged within a pore and pairs with dead skin cells from the surface, bacteria
known as P. acnes forms, triggering an inflammatory response from the body.
This process is known as the acne cascade, and usually results in red, swollen
bumps known as pimples, a symptom of acne.
With so much information out there, we know how overwhelming treatment can be,
which is why we decided to back up the stats with some real facts to help you
stay informed and on the path toward clear and healthy skin!
- 60 million people
in the U.S. have acne. This number includes all grades of acne, from the mild,
occasional breakout to more severe conditions such as cysts, but of those 60
million, 20% have some form of acne bad enough that it results in scarring on
the skin. According to research conducted in 2016, 85% of people surveyed have
experienced acne at some form or another at some point in their lives, which
makes for an overwhelming majority. Women made up for 80% of adult acne cases
- Over the past 10
years, the average age of an acne sufferer has increased from 20.5 years old to
26.5 years old.
- Acne can be very
harmful for mental health. Of those surveyed, a staggering 96% of people with
acne have reported feeling depressed over their condition. This has lead 46% to
develop self esteem issues over their complexions, and has caused 31% from
declining to participate in social activities, instead opting to stay home. 14%
of acne sufferers have even reported feeling suicidal over their skin, a pain
that no one should have to face. As you can see from the numbers listed, acne
affects a large amount of people, and while it is still certainly stigmatized
and the source of embarrassment for many, please know that you are not alone in
feeling frustrated or hopeless. If you are overcoming acne, you are embarking
on a journey, a process that can take time, but can absolutely improve. If you
are feeling suicidal for any reason, please do not hesitate to speak to someone
at The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
- The breakdown:
where do most people experience acne? 99% of people get breakouts on the face.
60% see spots on other parts of the body (most usually the back and butt), and
15% have clogged complexions on their chests. People with active
lifestyles tend to see more breakouts on their bodies, but
additional factors can play a big part in the formation of pimples as well,
such as stress, and hormonal fluctuations during menstruation, pregnancy, or
- 30% of acne
sufferers rely on over the counter products to “treat” their condition.
Americans spend over $3 million dollars a year on acne treatments, and 3 out of
every 10 people looking to treat their condition reach for the over the counter
topicals to do the trick. While an important part of keeping the surface clean,
topical washes and creams, even when medicated, do nothing to actually treat
the problem itself, which requires going to the source - the sebaceous glands.
When it comes to acne treatments, AcnEase does what
most acne treatments fail to address: it targets the problem from within while
maintaining a safe experience at every measure, unlike many prescription
options, such as Accutane (which is currently off the market due to a class
action suit). AcnEase has shown to successfully improve acne in more than 95% of patients
in controlled clinical studies because it treats the problem at its source -
the sebaceous glands, by creating a buffer between them and any haywire
hormones that might trigger excessive sebum production. Combining our expert
knowledge with a love for safe, herbal alternative medicines to deliver a truly
effective solution to acne, without the side effects, AcnEase is designed to
provide relief for any one of the 60 million people living with active acne, no
matter how mild or severe their symptoms
We want to hear from you! Do you have any questions
about some of the acne stats you’ve read online? Ask us in the comments!