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Acne is a benign condition.

Acne is a benign condition.

Acne may not be dangerous, but it is by no means harmless! Acne has a major impact in terms of quality of life and self-esteem: 56% of sufferers rank it as their top concern, well ahead of their weight (23%), which is generally considered the leading source of body anxiety.*

*according to a study of 246 people with combination or oily skin. IPSOS, H&B Europe, 2007

Only teenagers get acne.

Only teenagers get acne

In France, around 80% of adolescents suffer from acne (including 15% with severe acne), but close to 25% of adults also develop the condition, particularly women. It can also affect newborn babies*.

*Figures provided by the Société Française de Dermatologie - French society of dermatology - on its website dermato-info.fr

Acne is contagious.

Acne is contagious.

The P-acnes bacteria responsible for acne develops beneath the skin in an airless environment. It therefore cannot be transmitted from one person to another.

Acne has genetic causes

Acne has genetic causes

Genetics play a role in acne. Indeed, production of sebum is controlled by sex hormones. Hereditary factors can cause the sebaceous glands to be over-sensitive to the hormones and produce an excess of sebum. There are hereditary forms of acne, and if for example both parents are affected, their child's acne will be more difficult to treat. Source: French Society of Dermatology on the website dermato-info.fr

There are countries where acne does not exist.

There are countries where acne does not exist.

Certain populations, close to the Arctic circle or on isolated islands of South America, are not affected by acne. Current research points to two types of causes: hereditary and diet-related.

Acne can heal by itself.

Acne can heal by itself.

In adolescents, acne lasts an average of 3 to 4 years then, most frequently, disappears spontaneously between the ages of 18 and 30. Healing is gradual however; the process can be accelerated with the appropriate therapeutic treatment.

Acne pimples appear only on the face.

Acne pimples appear only on the face.

Acne is found mainly on the face. It can also appear on the back, shoulders and chest, especially in boys.

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