A global perspective on the epidemiology of acne

Br J Dermatol. 2015 Jul:172 Suppl 1:3-12. doi: 10.1111/bjd.13462.


Acne is estimated to affect 9.4% of the global population, making it the eighth most prevalent disease worldwide. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that acne is most common in postpubescent teens, with boys most frequently affected, particularly with more severe forms of the disease. This paper aims to provide an update on the epidemiology of acne worldwide. Recent general and institutional studies from around the world have shown that the prevalence of acne is broadly consistent globally (with the exception of specific populations, which are discussed). However, this review highlights that there is a wide range of disparate outcome measures being applied in epidemiology studies, and we emphasize the need to develop a widely accepted, credible, standard assessment scale to address this in the future. In addition we discuss special populations, such as those devoid of acne, as well as the impact of potential determinants of acne on disease epidemiology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / epidemiology*
  • Acne Vulgaris / psychology
  • Acne Vulgaris / therapy
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diet / adverse effects
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / etiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Young Adult