Acne Market By Therapeutic Class (Antibiotics, Retinoids, Others) By Acne Type (Non-inflammatory, Inflammatory acne) By Formulation (Topical medications, Oral medications) By End User (Hospitals, and Retail stores) Regional Analysis & Forecast - 2026

  • OI-102
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  • Published date: May, 2019
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  • Dermatology Diseases
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Acne is described as a chronic skin disorder in which the hair follicles will become blocked and/or inflamed. There exist several variants of acne that ranges from mild to severe acne. The most common acne type is known to be acne vulgaris (vulgaris means common), which is a common inflammatory skin disease with inflammatory or non-inflammatory lesions. Acne appears mostly on the face, but can also appear on the chest, back, and upper arms. Although it is usually not considered a dangerous medical condition, it can cause psychological distress and also even leads to skin scarring. Teenagers are the mostly affected group with around 85% of 16-18-year-olds believed to have some form of acne. The diet and nutrient intake will determine the overall health of an individual. The food that is rich in refined carbohydrates increases insulin, which results in hormonal problems, promoting acne formation.

Market Overview

The global Acne market is valued at million US$ in 2018 and will reach million US$ by the end of 2026, grown at a CAGR of x% during 2018-2026. More than 90% of the global population is known to be affected by acne at some point in their life. The global acne market represents a small fraction of total dermatology market and both over the counter drugs, and prescription drugs are used to treat acne. The acne market is primarily genericized and is moderately served by the currently marketed major prescribed drugs including Solodyn, Doryx, and Epiduo. The US market is the largest market for global acne products with about 60 million suffering from acne in the country. Thus, there is an increase in the adopting acne cure products that help in driving the overall market.

Dermatologists prefer to treat skin diseases through the use of topical applications or less invasive procedures compared to surgical methods. Usually, laser treatments offer a permanent solution for skin problems that reduce the growth of facial hair and pigmentation issues. To permanently minimize the occurrence of acne, clinicians suggest the use of combination therapy as a topical antibiotic with a retinoid. The currently available therapeutic options for acne treatment include several approaches such as antibacterial washes, retinoids, antibiotic pills, pulsed-light therapies, lasers, photodynamic therapy, and systemic isotretinoin. Differin gel, Onexton (clindamycin phosphate and benzoyl peroxide), Altreno are some of the FDA approved treatments for different types of acne. The acne product pipeline consists of a diverse set of molecules showing a majority of products in early-stage development, comprises a total of 64 programs at various stages of clinical development, 41 percent of products found to be in the preclinical and discovery stage.

The global acne market is set to experience favorable growth driven by factors such as an increase in the youth population, the rise in health care expenditure, and an upsurge in disposable income, and growth in a sedentary lifestyle. The technological advancements, increasing awareness programs about acne, and the rising preference for minimally invasive procedures are the major trends that are observed in this market. However, the growth of this market is constrained by challenges such as the entry of generic drugs, stringent regulations, and side effects of acne therapies.

Key Developments

  • In Jan 2019, Sol-Gel Technologies announces an intention to submit NDA of Benzoyl peroxide to the USFDA for Rosacea, in 2020.

  • In March 2019, Foamix Pharmaceuticals announced that the US FDA has accepted for review of New Drug Application for FMX101 Minocycline Foam for the treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Acne.


The global acne market is segmented on the basis of therapeutic class, type, acne type, formulation, region, and end-user.

  • Based on the therapeutic class: Antibiotics, Retinoids, Salicylic acid, Benzoyl peroxide, and others. Further, Retinoids segment is divided into oral retinoid (isotretinoin), topical retinoid & combination retinoid. Antibiotics segment is further divided into topical antibiotics & combination antibiotics, and oral antibiotics.

  • Based on the formulation: Topical medications and Oral medications. The utilization rate of topical medications for acne treatment is high, owing to the high availability of these acne products, with a high success rate and lesser side effects.

  • Based on the medicine type: Prescription medicines and Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines.

  • Based on the acne type: Non-inflammatory and Inflammatory acne.

  • Based on the End-user: Hospitals, and Retail stores.

  • Based on region: North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and LAMEA. Among that North America held the largest share of the market, followed by Europe. On the other hand, Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate the market during the analysis period, due to an increase in disposable income, leading to high population base, and improvement in patient awareness regarding acne medications.

The key players of the Global Acne market include Allergan Plc., Johnson & Johnson, Nestle S.A. (Galderma S.A.), Mayne Pharma Group Limited, Mylan N.V., GlaxoSmithKline Plc (Stiefel Laboratories, Inc.), Pfizer Inc., Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The report covers in-depth analysis on Global Acne Market. The report assesses the market products pipeline by stage of development (early development, pre-clinical, clinical and in approval), by application (Non-inflammatory acne, Inflammatory acne and others). In addition, the report includes key insights on other development activities, including (but not limited to) – licensing (In and Out), collaborations, acquisitions, reimbursement, patent, and regulatory designations.

The report includes in-depth company profiles of key players in Global Acne Market. The company profile includes key information on overview, financial highlights, product portfolio, business strategies, and key recent developments.

The report highlights information on emerging companies with potentially disruptive technologies and new market entrants.


  • Provides detailed analysis of the market structure along with forecast of the various segments and sub-segments of the Global Acne Market.

  • Provides a comparative analysis of key marketed products and pipeline market products.

  • Provides key information on players involved on the Global Acne Market.

  • Provides a complete overview of market segments and the regional outlook of Global Acne Market.

  • Provides in-depth coverage of key news related toGlobal Acne Market, including major mergers and acquisitions and product development updates such as clinical trial progression updates and regulatory updates

Our research works on a holistic 360° approach to deliver high quality, validated and reliable information in our market reports. The Market estimation and forecasting involve the following steps:

  • Data Collation (Primary & Secondary)

  • In-house Estimation (Based on proprietary databases and Models)

  • Market Triangulation

  • Forecasting

  • Market-related information is assembled from both primary and secondary sources.

  • Primary sources involved participants from all global stakeholders such as experts from several related industries and suppliers that have been interviewed to obtain and verify critical information as well as to assess prospects of the market. The participants included are CXOs, VPs, and managers. Plus, our in-house industry experts having decades of industry experience contribute their consulting and advisory services. 

  • Secondary sources include public sources such as regulatory frameworks, government IT spending, government demographic indicators, industry association statistics, and company publications annual reports press releases along with paid sources such as Factiva, OneSource, Bloomberg among others. 

  • Top-down and bottom-up approaches: The overall market size was used in the top-down approach to estimate the sizes of other individual submarkets (mentioned in the market segmentation by product, type of manufacturing, and disease) through percentage splits from secondary and primary research. The bottom-up approach was also implemented (wherever applicable) for data extracted from secondary research to validate the market segment revenues obtained. 


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