Data: Acne Sufferers Lack Understanding About Use of Antibiotics to Treat Acne and Potential Resistance

December 1, 2015

A recent survey sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P., inclusive of 809 acne sufferers (ages 17-40 years) and 210 parents of acne sufferers (child, aged 9-17 years), found that despite the risk of antibiotic resistance and potential side effects:

  • Sixty-four percent of survey respondents were not aware that overuse of topical antibiotics to treat acne could make them a carrier of drug-resistant bacteria. 2C
  • More than 50 percent of respondents had not spoken with their doctor about the risk of antibiotic use to treat acne. 2D
  • While 65 percent of survey respondents said that they make an effort to avoid antibiotics unless they are the only option, 2E only a third of those not prescribed antibiotic-free acne treatment were aware such treatments existed. 2F
  • And, only 28 percent of survey respondents who were not prescribed antibiotic-free acne treatment had ever discussed antibiotic-free treatment for acne with their healthcare providers.2G

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