Acne | Attitudes and Knowledge of Acne in Mexican Adolescents

Acne research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects almost 100% of the teenagers worldwide. The peak incidence is between 12 and 18 years old, although it can be present in adults. There are many different beliefs about what can cause or exacerbate acne, and also about treatment. In Mexico, 26.4% of the population is between 15 and 29 years old, which represents that more than 25% of the population is at risk for presenting acne. In our country, the different beliefs about the causes and treatment of acne among general adolescent population have not been explored. The objective of the present study is to determine the possible causes for which young Mexicans do not go to the dermatologist to receive treatment for acne. Our main hypothesis is that the lack of knowledge of the disease is responsible for this behavior.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: - Mexican subjects - Age between 12 and 25 years - Both genders - Sign informed consent Exclusion Criteria:

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Behavioral:SurveyA survey is directly applied to subjects who meet the inclusion and exclusion criteria

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

AdolescentsAcne survey among Mexican adolescents

Study Status

Unknown status

Start Date: May 2012

Completed Date: March 2015


Type: Observational


Primary Outcome: Cause for not receiving medical treatment

Secondary Outcome: Description of knowledge about acne

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Bertha Torres-Alvarez, MD

Lead Sponsor: Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosí

Collaborator: Hospital Central "Dr. Ignacio Morones Prieto"

More information:

Cheng CE, Irwin B, Mauriello D, Liang L, Pappert A, Kimball AB. Self-reported acne severity, treatment, and belief patterns across multiple racial and ethnic groups in adolescent students. Pediatr Dermatol. 2010 Sep-Oct;27(5):446-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2010.01286.x. Epub 2010 Aug 26.

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