Acne (young people)



In this section, you can find out about the experience of having acne by seeing and hearing young people share their personal stories on film. Researchers talked to 25 young people in their own homes. Find out what people said about issues such as symptoms, treatments and impact on school, university and social life. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.

We interviewed young people with a range of experiences, including those who had successful treatment for their acne as well as those who were undergoing current treatments at the time of the interview and those who had chosen not to have medical treatments. Not everyone interviewed had acne on their faces as the condition can affect other parts of the body, such as the back and chest.

The people we talked to were given the choice about the format their interview appears on the website. Some people chose for their interview clips to be featured as audio or text only, rather than video.

You may also be interested in our sections on psoriasis, eczema and alopecia.


This section is based on research by The University of Oxford.

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This is a summary of independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Research for Patient Benefit Programme (Grant Reference Number PB-PG-0213-30006). The views expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.

Publication date: March 2017
​Date of review: March 2019

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