Acne

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What is acne?

Acne is a common skin condition, caused by changes in the skin structures consisting of a hair follicle and its associated sebaceous gland. It is characterized by whiteheads, blackheads, and inflamed red pimples.

Common symptoms reported by people with acne

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with acne

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Dalacin T)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
acne (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Doxylin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
acne (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Minocin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
acne (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
acne (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Accutane)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
acne (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Acne Treatment)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
acne (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Retin-A)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
acne (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Pain (8)

Data from patients with acne, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with acne

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Dalacin T)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dry skin dryness 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
acne (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Doxylin)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
acne (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Minocin)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (7 evaluations)
Side effects
burping clearer skin 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
acne (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes crying 6 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
acne (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Accutane)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dry lips dry skin 7 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
acne (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Acne Treatment)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dry skin dryness 4 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
acne (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Retin-A)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (4 evaluations)
Side effects
acne breakout dry skin 4 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
acne (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding stomach pain
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog chronic constipation 9 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (8)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with acne, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has acne on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 17
20s 198
30s 205
40s 123
50s 49
60s 15
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 207
20-29 years 24
30-39 years 10
40-49 years 6
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

74% Female
26% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 244
Not Diagnosed 82

These charts show data from acne patients who have completed their condition history
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