Overweight Teen Girls May Have Higher Acne RiskJANUARY 20, 2012
According to an article in the news syndicate HealthDay, teenage girls who are overweight or obese are significantly more likely to develop acne than their normal-weight peers, a new Norwegian survey suggests. Joel Gelfand, MD, MSCE, medical director of the Dermatology clinical studies unit, described the effort as "very important," given the paucity of research in the field. "There's not a lot of work out there understanding what the risk factors are for developing acne," he said. "And we're talking about a disease that affects virtually everyone at some point, and can have a devastating impact on a person's quality of life. So any work to better understand why people develop it and ways of preventing it -- which we don't currently have -- is of substantial importance." The HealthDay story ran on USAToday.com and US News and World Report.