Research into acne treatments conducted in East Yorkshire

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Acne is one of the most common skin diseases in the UK, affecting some 3 million teenagers and young adults, and now researchers in East Yorkshire are inviting local people to help them try to find a solution.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is working with the Acne Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) to understand how local people with the condition feel about current treatments and what changes they would like to see.

Dr Alison Layton, Consultant Dermatologist who is leading the project says:

“A staggering four in every five people aged between 11 and 30 will be affected by acne at some point, but whilst treatments for other skin conditions have advanced greatly over recent years, those for acne have not. Most new prescription medicines are simply combinations of old drugs, and physical therapies based on light or heat energy are not generally available on the NHS.

“Our Priority Setting Partnership is designed to understand more about how people living with acne feel about their treatment and what other types they might like to try. By gathering their questions and feedback in relation to acne treatment and then prioritising this, people living with acne in East Yorkshire can help the APSP to shape the direction taken by clinical research in the future.”

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s dermatology service is currently providing specialist treatment to some 200 acne patients, 60% of whom have severe acne requiring systematic treatment. However, the number of people experiencing the condition in East Yorkshire is thought to be much higher than this as milder forms are generally managed through GP services.

Dr Shernaz Walton, Consultant Dermatologist at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says:

“Acne is most commonly associated with teenagers and young adults, but people of all ages can be affected by the condition and overall we’re now seeing acne lasting longer into adulthood. As well as the physical scarring which acne can leave, it can also have a really detrimental impact on a person’s confidence and lead to problems with their emotional well-being.

“That’s why, here in Hull, we’re encouraging our patients to take part in this important survey. We want their feedback to be used to shape the way research is conducted and how treatments are developed in the future so that, in time, they and many other patients like them may reap the benefits of clinical advances in this field.”

The survey is not simply limited to people who are experiencing acne, however, as their parents, partners, health professionals or anyone else with an interest in acne are also invited to complete the survey.

Further details and a link to the online survey are available via the APSP website: http://www.acnepsp.org/

Alternatively, text ‘spots’ to 88020* to be sent a link to the survey which may then be completed via smartphone. The survey itself should take just a few minutes to complete, and the closing date for responses is 31st August 2013.

Dr Layton adds:

“The survey is being conducted nationally but we’re really keen to ensure the views of people living in East Yorkshire are represented.

“We are hoping to secure a response from acne sufferers, parents and professionals looking after acne that will the help scientists and researchers answer the most important questions about acne treatment to improve care for this patient group in the long term.”