MADRID / PRNewswire / – – Poor eating habits, increased stress levels and aggressive skin care routines are among the most relevant factors associated with acne – new research has shown.
A study presented today at the 28th EADV Congress in Madrid examined exposure to various exacerbating acne factors in more than 6,700 participants in six countries in North America, South America and Europe. It is the first such study to investigate both external and internal factors that can affect acne.
The results of the study showed that significantly more people with acne (48.2%) use dairy products per day than people without acne (38.8%). The difference was also statistically significant for carbonated juices or syrups (35.6% vs. 31%), biscuits and chocolate (37% vs. 27.8%) and confectionery (29.7% versus 19.1%). Surprisingly, 11% of acne sufferers consume dairy proteins as opposed to 7% without acne, and 11.9% of acne sufferers consume anabolic steroids, compared to 3.2% without acne.
Researcher Professor Brigitte Dréno, who conducted the study on behalf of Vichy Laboratories, said: "Acne is one of the most common reasons why people with skin problems visit a dermatologist, and the severity and reaction to treatment may be affected by internal and external factors. , this study is the first time we have learned the major factors of acne exposure through patient testing before treatment is prescribed. "
Exposure to environmental toxins or stress was also more frequently observed in participants with acne than in controls. The study also found that aggressive skin care practices were more common in people with acne.
Acne is estimated to affect one in ten people in the world, which is the eighth most common disease in the world. Recently, it has also been reported that acne affects up to 40% of all adult women.
Because of their visibility, acne has a significant psychological impact on the quality of life and self-confidence of patients. Looking to the future, Professor Dréno adds, "Understanding, recognizing and reducing the impact of exposure is important for the proper management of the disease, as it can affect the course and severity of acne and treatment effectiveness."
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