Survey Shows That One Third Of Women (Ages 20 to 39) Polled Have Removed A Photo From Social Media To Hide Their Acne(1)

ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel 5%, the #1 prescribed non-retinoid branded acne treatment, releases survey results about common skin concerns, acne treatment behavior, and the relationship between acne and women's social media habits(1)(2)

Dec 17, 2015, 08:00 ET from Allergan plc

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's society is saturated with social media; it has become the channel people use to share their daily lives through photos and captions. According to a new U.S. survey conducted by TotalBeauty and ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel 5%, a prescription medicine used on your skin (topical) to treat acne vulgaris, acne concerns affected the social media habits of women ages 20 to 39 (n=480) when it came to photos.1,3 Of the women surveyed, two in five (n=212) admitted to editing a photo to hide their acne, while one third of the women (n=171) had gone as far as to remove or un-tag a photo on their social media pages simply because of their acne.1

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Acne was the dominant skin concern among the women surveyed (n=220).1 In fact, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, experienced by nearly 85% of people.4 It is important for acne sufferers to see a dermatologist, but of the women surveyed, sixty-five percent (n=313) had self-treated their acne before doing so.1 While there are many different treatment options, more than half of women (n=274) reported that they would consider using a prescription medication to treat their acne.1

"These survey results reflect what I often see in my office every day. Many of my patients feel like they're alone in their acne journey and find it frustrating and difficult to understand when breakouts progress into adulthood. Although acne is a chronic condition, it can be managed and treated.5 If you find yourself experiencing breakouts, talk to your dermatologist about treatment options that are right for you," says celebrity dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D.

Dr. Whitney Bowe recommends the following tips:

  • Don't stop your acne treatment.6 "I tell my patients that it's important to give their treatment time to work.7 One medication I often prescribe to my acne patients 12 years or older is ACZONE® Gel.It is the only acne treatment with active ingredient topical dapsone and treats inflammatory and noninflammatory acne.3,8
  • Break a sweat. "Exercise is one of my favorite ways to reduce stress and increase blood flow, which can benefit the skin."9 Dr. Bowe suggests sending free radicals packing with at least 10 minutes of running a day on the treadmill.10
  • Check your diet. "Although there is no proven link between diet and acne, low glycemic diets have been associated with low levels of acne.11,12 Some of my favorite low-glycemic foods are non-starchy vegetables, steel-cut oatmeal and fruit."13


ACZONE® (dapsone) Gel 5% is a prescription medicine used on your skin (topical) to treat acne vulgaris.


Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have; glucose-6-phosphatedehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD) or higher than normal levels of methemoglobin in your blood (methemoglobinemia). Talk to your doctor about any medications you're using including topical benzoyl peroxide (BPO). Use of BPO with ACZONE® Gel may cause your skin and facial hair to temporarily turn yellow or orange at the site of application.

ACZONE® Gel, 5% may cause serious side effects, including:

  • a decrease of oxygen in your blood caused by a certain type of abnormal red blood cell (methemoglobinemia). If your lips, nail beds or the inside of your mouth turns grey or blue, stop using ACZONE® Gel 5% and get medical help right away.
  • a breakdown of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia) for some people with G6PD deficiency using ACZONE® Gel 5%. If you get any of the following signs and symptoms such as back pain, breathlessness, tiredness/weakness, dark-brown urine, fever, and yellow or pale skin, stop using ACZONE® Gel 5% and call your doctor right away.

The most common side effects of ACZONE® Gel are dryness, redness, oiliness, and peeling of the skin being treated.

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Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted by TotalBeauty among 480 women in the United States, ages 20 – 39, between June 23, 2015 and July 9, 2015 using an email invitation, social media posts and an online survey.

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1 Survey. TotallyHer Media LLC, July 9, 2015.
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3 ACZONE®(dapsone) Gel 5% U.S. Prescribing Information.
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7 Draelos.Clincal Situations Conducive to Proactive Skin Health and Anti-Aging Improvement. Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings. 2008: 13: 25–27
8 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Orange Book: Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations. Available at: Accessed May 1, 2015.
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10 Mayo Clinic. "Stress Management". Available online at: Last accessed February 27, 2015.
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12 Melnik, al. Role of insulin, insulin-like growth factor-1, hyperglycaemic food and milk consumption in the pathogenesis of acne vulgaris. Exp Dermatol. 2009: 18(10). 833-41.
13 American Diabetes Association. "Glycemic Index and Diabetes." Available online at: Last accessed on February 25, 2015.

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