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Acne affects nearly 90 percent of people at some time in their lives, many of whom seek dermatological help for this common, yet distressing, condition. As with other conditions, acne patients are likely to inquire about the expected duration of their treatment. Clinical studies have shown acne treatment to last about three months. But what about at a typical dermatological practice setting, where most people are undergoing treatment? One must keep in mind, however, that individuals visiting a dermatologist on a weekly basis have more severe acne than those who successfully manage their acne with over-the-counter treatments.
A group of researchers from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, studied the medical records of acne patients seeking treatment in a dermatological practice setting between 2009 and 2012. Over 2,000 of these patients visited a dermatologist citing acne as their main concern. 57 percent of them only had one such consultation with their dermatologist, and at least half of this group underwent multiple visits. On average, acne patients saw their dermatologist for 9 months, with 25 percent of them undergoing treatment for at least a year.
Although this study does not indicate which individuals may have discontinued treatment, it still provides dermatologists and patients alike with valuable information on the average duration of acne treatment. If patients are presented with realistic expectations from the very beginning, they are more likely to follow through with treatment until the very end. Such patients are more likely to be satisfied with their results.
If you are suffering from acne, regardless of its severity, contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss treatment options. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in treating acne, offering the latest solutions. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn Heights, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City (Upper West Side, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Park Slope) Westchester County (Ossining, Briarcliff Manor), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.