Acne across Europe: an online survey on perceptions and management of acne.
By: Szepietowski JC, Wolkenstein P, Veraldi S, Tennstedt D, Machovcova A, Delarue A.
Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology 2018; 32:463-466.
Summary: This work was undertaken to describe the burden, management and sources of advice of acne in a representative sample of young people in Europe (Belgium, Czech and Slovak Republics, France, Italy, Poland and Spain (n = 3099)). Most individuals considered their acne (all severity stages) to be no/minor problem; 29.7% considered it a major problem/burden. OTC topical treatments were used more frequently than prescribed treatments. Acne was diagnosed by physicians in 47.6% of cases; other health professionals (nurses, pharmacists) or patients themselves accounted for the remainder of diagnoses. Physicians were the source of acne information in 27.0% of cases. The vast majority of advice was from friends/family and the Internet.