The Conseil Scientifique de l’Acné Sévère is carrying out a major survey with the backing of Pierre Fabre Dermatologie

October 23, 2013

A CSA Santé survey carried out with the backing of Pierre Fabre Dermatologie reveals that 38% of patients suffering from acne are not treated by a healthcare professional and 17% of patients affected by severe acne are not followed up.

As experts in severe acne, Laboratoires Pierre Fabre Dermatologie are founders of a group of expert dermatologists known as the Conseil Scientifique de l’Acné Sévère (severe acne scientific council).

Launched in 2012 and covering a representative sample of the French population of more than 10,000 people, the survey aims to enhance knowledge with regard to acne-prone patients (epidemiological data, profile of the acne-prone in 2012, treatment, etc.), and better understand factors which foster acne with a view to improving care. It reveals that 5 million French people are concerned. Acne prevalence is 12% of those between 15-69 years of age and 24% of those in the 15-34 age bracket. Teenagers are not the only ones to be concerned, since one acne-prone person in four is over 25.

Acne therefore concerns a considerable part of the French population, but the patient’s family and friends underestimate its consequences.

Yet acne has an important psychosocial impact (on the quality of life, well-being, social life and love life). There is a correlation between the handicap score and acne intensity, clearly illustrating the link between acne and one’s own image and the fact that acne can be experienced as a real handicap.
If severe acne is left untreated it can cause irreversible scars. In the long term, since acne lesions are often deep (nodules, cysts), they generate unsightly permanent scarring which, in adult life, gives the face a pockmarked aspect.

Severe acne is not, however, the end of the world! Efficient solutions exist and consulting a healthcare professional such as a dermatologist is a first step towards successful treatment.