Prevalence and Incidence of Acne


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Acne usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Acne at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Acne refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Acne diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Acne: 17 million Americans, almost 85% of people 12-24 years of age.
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 16 or 6.25% or 17 million people in USA [about data]
Lifetime risk for Acne: about 85% of people (mostly in the teen years)
Prevalance of Acne: Nearly 17 million people in the United States have acne, making it the most common skin disease. 1 ... Nearly 17 million people in the United States have acne, making it the most common skin disease. 2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Health Topics Questions and Answers About Acne: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Questions and Answers About Acne: NIAMS

Last revision: May 20, 2003

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