adult-acne-older-women.jpg In a new study entitled "The prevalence of acne in adults 20 years and older", researchers from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala. and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine studied the prevalence of acne in adults. This study is published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Study Highlights
a. Researchers studied 1,013 men and women at the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus and medical complex.
b. All the participants were aged 20 years and older.
c. Participants had to complete a one-page questionnaire.
d. The questions ranged from whether the participant had ever had acne or pimples during their teens or later in life to whether their acne had become better, worse or stayed the same since their teenage years.
e. Most of the participants, ie 73.3 per cent, had pimple or acne at one time or another.
f. 68.5 per cent of male participants and 66.8 per cent of female participants said that they suffered from acne as teenagers.
g. But more women said that they suffered from acne in their post teenage years.

Study Findings
a. During their 20s, 50.9 per cent women and 42.5 per cent men suffered from acne.
b. During their 30s, 35.2 per cent women and 20.1 per cent men suffered from acne.
c. During their 40s, 26.3 per cent women and 12 per cent men suffered from acne.
d. During their 50s or older, 15.3 per cent women and 7.3 per cent men suffered from acne.
e. It was also seen that 62.2 per cent women reported that their acne gets worse around the time of menstruation.
f. Out of the 86 women who were either on hormone replacement therapy or over-the-counter medications for the side effects of menopause, nine women saw an improvement in their acne with the use of these therapies.
g. 75 women said there was no change with these menopausal therapies.
h. Two women said that their acne worsened.