Incidence of Acne

Here are some interesting facts and statistics about the incidence of acne:

  • Acne life: 6-14 years and longer  
  • Adolescents: 85% develop mild acne (zits); 15% develop clinical acne ranging from mild to severe  
  • Infantile acne: rare  
  • Race: Black Americans &lt Whites; White Americans > Japanese, Swiss


Earlier than malesPeak between 16-19 years
Some as young as 8-9 years35% affected
Peak between 14-17 years1% at age 40
40% of females affected 
Common > 30 years (Acne Tarda) 
5% affected at age 40 

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Revision date: July 7, 2011
Last revised: by Sebastian Scheller, MD, ScD