adult acne

Adult acne on the rise

THEY used to be associated with our teenage years and sugary foods. But new research has revealed over a third of acne sufferers are over 35.


Data collected on reveals patient enquiries into private acne treatments have more than tripled 214% in the past 12 months alone. More than a third of those enquiries were from acne sufferers over the age of 35, one in six enquiries came from those aged 35 and 44, while a further one in 10 came from those aged 45-54.


With a number of celebrities in the spotlight openly discussing their battles with acne – Katy Perry, Emma Stone and Cameron Diaz to name a few – many are clearly following suit and seeking treatment.


The demand for acne scar treatment has also seen a sharp rise, with enquiries into this treatment more than doubling 152% in the past 12 months.


Common treatments for acne include dermabrasion, which involves removing the top layer of skin through either lasers or a wire brush, and laser treatment, which removes patches of skin around the scar, or to stimulate the growth of new collagen.


Rosacea treatments have also seen a growth in demand, with enquires in the past year almost doubling up 92% from the year before.


Private dermatology clinics have seen heightened demand in general, with the number of enquiries up 167% compared to the previous year.


Emily Ross, director of, said: “It doesn’t matter what age you are, acne can really impact on your confidence and self-esteem.


“It is greatly encouraging to see the range of treatments available that are within reach of the average consumer.”


She added: “Acne scarring was once a life-long affliction, but now scars can be greatly reduced or even eliminated. Lasers and fillers, often used to reduce scars, do carry risks, however, and should only be carried out by qualified professionals under the appropriate supervision.


“Do your research, ensure your skin practitioner has had the necessary training and don’t be swayed by special offers or promotions.”


Credit: Felicity Thistlethwaite

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