Acne in African Americans

Acne presents a special challenge for Afro-Americans. More black people have acne, acne leaves more post-acne signs in darker skin types, and black patients are less likely than white patients to visit a dermatologist.

Here are some facts:

Acne is more prevalent in African American:
(37%) than in Asian (30%), Caucasian (24%), or Continental Indian (23%), and Hispanic (23%)

The risk of post-acne dark spots and scars is significantly higher in African Americans:

  • Hyperpigmentation (dark spots) after acne appears in 65% Afro-Americans vs. 25% of Caucasians. (Recommended treatment: Medicated Dark Spot Remover)
  • Hypopigmentation (white spots) after acne appears in 15% Afro-Americans vs. 2% of Caucasians.
  • Atrophic scars (depressed scars) after acne appear in 28% of Afro-Americans vs. 2% of Caucasians.
  • Hypertrophic scars (keloids) after acne appear in 6% of Afro-Americans vs. 1% of Caucasians.

More info:

Comparison of the epidemiology of acne vulgaris among Caucasian, Asian, Continental Indian, and African American women.
Racial disparities in the management of acne: evidence from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2005-2014.

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