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)

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

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

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
fatigue (6) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
acne (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) acne (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Retin-A)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
acne (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Clindamycin PH 1% Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
acne (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) pain (1)

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)

(Accutane)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dry lips dry skin 17 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
acne (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Doxylin)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea if taken on empty stomach
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
acne (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (8 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive thirst (polydipsia) 11 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
fatigue (6) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
acne (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia cognitive confusion 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (4)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
bizarre dreams cognitive confusion 9 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
depressed mood (6) acne (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Retin-A)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (2 evaluations)
Side effects
dry skin acne 4 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
acne (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Clindamycin PH 1% Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
acne (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
nausea sweating 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) pain (1)
  • 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?

  • 3 new patients joined this month
  • 330 say acne is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 19
20s 187
30s 277
40s 162
50s 74
60s 27
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 230
20-29 years 25
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 6
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 199
Female 560

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 278
Not Diagnosed 86

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