Acne Treatment Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.36% to reach US$16.652 billion in 2029

acne treatment market

The acne treatment market is evaluated at US$11.554 billion for the year 2022 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.36% to reach a market size of US$16.652 billion by the year 2029.

Acne is a type of common skin condition, which generally occurs in young and teenage populations. Its breakouts can occur anywhere on the skin, like the face, neck, and shoulders amongst numerous parts. Acne generally occurs when the pores of the skin are choked by oils, dead skin cells, and dirt. Acne may also grow into a pimple or zit. There are numerous types of acne lesions, among which blackheads and whiteheads are among the most common. A blackhead, also known as an open-comedone, occurs on the skin, which gets black by exposure to the oxygen in the air. The whiteheads, or closed-comedones, are a type of raised bumps under the surface and are flesh-colored. Apart from dirt and oil, numerous other aspects increase the growth of acne in the skin, like smoking, poor sleep schedule, stress, family history, and hormonal changes due to puberty or pregnancy.

There are three major modes of treatment of acne, several mild, moderate, and severe treatment methods for treating acne on the skin. The mild method contains using over-the-counter medications, like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acids. The moderate treatment comprises prescription drugs, like erythromycin or clindamycin antibodies and retinol. The severe treatment procedure includes oral antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, and topical antibiotics, prescribed by the dermatologists. The severe treatment procedure also includes various procedures like photodynamic therapy (PDT), dermabrasion, chemical peel, and cortisone injections.

Various companies are introducing new formulations and product ranges to attract a new consumer base in the acne treatment market. Some products like retinoids are not suited for consumers with sensitive skin. To solve this issue, various companies have introduced products with new formulations to attract consumers with sensitive skin bases. For instance, Cetaphil, a global skin care industry leader, introduced its new retinol-alternative products range for sensitive skin. In August of 2023, Zydus Lifesciences received the US FDA approval for its isotretinoin capsules, which can treat severe cystic acne.

The acne treatment market by product is segmented into retinoids, antibiotics, isotretinoin, and others. Under the product segment of the acne treatment market, the retinoid is estimated to attain the maximum share. Retinoids are a type of chemical compound, which are related to vitamin A or vitamin B. It is generally used to regulate epithelial cell growth and also regulates the apoptosis of cells. The retinoids also have anti-wrinkle properties, strengthen the functions of the epidermis, and restrain water loss. Retinoids are among the most common treatment medications for acne. The retinoids reduce the acne outbreak and prevent the dead cells from clogging the skin’s pores. These are also used in reducing minor scars on the skin. The retinol usually takes 6 or more weeks to experience the full result in the skin.

The acne treatment market by route of administration is segmented into oral and tropical. The oral medication route, under the route administration segment of the acne medication, is projected to attain maximum market share. The oral medicine for acne treatment contains various forms of antibiotics, isotretinoin, spironolactone, tretinoin, and tetracycline among others. Using antibiotics for acne treatments can decrease inflammation, and redness of the skin, and it also stops bacteria formation.

The market of acne treatment by distribution channel is segmented into hospital pharmacies and retail & online pharmacies. In the acne treatment market, the retail and online pharmacies category of the distribution channel segment is estimated to attain a greater share. In the retail and online pharmacies categories, various overt-the-counter acne treatment medications like retinol, benzoyl peroxide, hydroxy acids, and salicylic acid are usually sold at a larger volume. Similarly, the increase of online retail or e-commerce in the global landscape is also expected to boost the category in the acne treatment market.

Based on geography, the acne treatment market is expanding significantly in the Asia Pacific market, as the region is among the biggest teenage populations with increasing pollution and dirt in the region. Various Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan are among the world’s developing nations, which means an increasing infrastructural development, resulting in an increase in dust particles in the air. These nations also have high pollution in the environment, which is also among the main roots of acne in the region. The region also offers a developing and modernizing healthcare infrastructural development, which is forecasted to propel the growth of the acne treatment market in the region.

The research includes several key players from the acne treatment market, such as Phytomer, Skin Medica (Allergan, Inc.), Obaji, Revision Skincare (Gryphon Investors), Sente, Jan Marini Skin Research, Botanix Pharmaceuticals, The Derma Co. (Honasa Consumer Ltd), and Curology.

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This analytics report segments the acne treatment market as follows:


  • By Product
    • Retinoids
    • Antibiotics
    • Isotretinoin
    • Others
  • By Route of Administration
    • Oral
    • Tropical
  • By Distribution Channel
    • Hospital Pharmacies
    • Retail & Online Pharmacies
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • United Kingdom
      • Germany
      • France
      • Spain
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • Japan
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Taiwan
      • Thailand
      • Indonesia
      • Others


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