Korean J Dermatol.  2019 Jul;57(6):307-313.

Investigation on Acne Patients' Use and Awareness of Cosmetics for Acne

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. miyeon.park@nmc.or.kr

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Some cosmetics used for treating acne are considered as cosmeceuticals. Consequently, patients with acne are now more likely to perceive such products as actual treatments.
OBJECTIVE
We aimed to investigate the awareness and use of cosmetics for acne and to compare them with hospital treatments in terms of efficacy and safety.
METHODS
We surveyed patients who presented at the National Medical Center for acne treatment. We collected data on demographics, hospital treatments, kinds of cosmetics for acne, awareness and use of cosmetics for acne, efficacy and adverse effects (cosmetics for acne vs. hospital treatments), and overall patient satisfaction.
RESULTS
Of 101 enrolled participants, 94 (mean [SD] age, 25.6 [6.5] years; 59 women) were analyzed. Seventy-one (75.5%) patients used cosmetics for acne. Only 30% perceived that cosmetics for acne were insufficient to treat acne, whereas 45~55% deemed cosmetics for acne as applicable replacements for topical and oral treatments. The participants rated their improvement to be significantly better with hospital treatments than with cosmetics for acne (much improved: 45.1% vs. 2.8%, became worse: 1.4% vs. 8.5%, p<0.01). There were significantly fewer adverse events after hospital treatments than after use of cosmetics for acne. The overall satisfaction scores were significantly higher with hospital treatments than with cosmetics for acne.
CONCLUSION
Patients with acne mistakenly believe that cosmetics for acne can replace topical and oral treatments. Dermatologists should disseminate information and educate patients about the proper treatments for acne. Moreover, it is desirable to exclude the word "acne" from the name of cosmeceuticals.

Keyword

Acne vulgaris; Cosmetics; Cosmeceuticals

MeSH Terms

Acne Vulgaris*
Cosmeceuticals
Demography
Humans
Patient Satisfaction
Cosmeceuticals
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