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Variability of Over-the-Counter Spending on Acne Treatment Across Race and Demographic Characteristics

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      Acne is a common skin condition that is associated with long-term dermatologic and psychological morbidities if left untreated. In this study, a survey was distributed via Amazon Mechanical Turk to evaluate for out-of-pocket costs associated with over the counter (OTC) acne treatment. 515 respondents with acne were included of whom 84% used OTC products, spending on average $121.99±115.69 in the past year. Additionally, on average Black respondents spent more on OTC products than other races, and there was a positive correlation between income and expenditure on OTC products. Consistent with literature, we find that many patients self-treat with multiple OTC products and out of pocket costs are significant.

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