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Study Shows What Teens Would Pay to Reduce or Be Rid Of Acne

Posted: August 29, 2008

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Adolescents who rated their acne as more severe reported a willingness to trade more time and money for acne clearance than those with less severe acne. "Knowledge of these patient preferences may help dermatologists balance clinical trial results with patients' expectations of therapy," the authors write. "Randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled trials have shown that three to four months of conventional acne therapy, including topical benzoyl peroxide, topical retinoids and oral antibiotics, typically produces reductions in lesion counts in the 40-60% range."

"It has also been suggested that the incidence of scarring from facial acne approaches 95%," they continue. "Thus, adolescents' marked preference for total clearance over partial (50%) clearance or clearance with scarring suggests that physicians must weigh high patient expectations against these clinical data regarding efficacy and risk of sequelae."

Journal reference: Cynthia L. Chen, Miriam Kuppermann, Aaron B. Caughey and Lee T. Zane. “A Community-Based Study of Acne-Related Health Preferences in Adolescents,” Archives of Dermatology, 2008; 144 (8): 988

Adapted from materials provided by JAMA and Archives Journals.

ScienceDaily, August 18, 2008