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)

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

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

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

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
pain (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Retin-A)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
acne (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (6) depressed mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
fatigue (5) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

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

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)

(Aldactone)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
acne (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Doxylin)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (3 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea if taken on empty stomach
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
acne (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Accutane)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dry skin back pain 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
acne (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog chronic constipation 6 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (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 (8)
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 (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minocin)
Perceived effectiveness
for acne (2 evaluations)
Side effects
clearer skin
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
acne (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (7 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive thirst (polydipsia) 10 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
fatigue (5) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
crying dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
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
  • 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 18
20s 185
30s 262
40s 153
50s 73
60s 19
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 224
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 185
Female 537

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 270
Not Diagnosed 84

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