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LUGANO, October 1, 2021 – The results of a new EADV survey released today show that nearly half (47.9%) of the general European population over the age of 18 reported at least one skin condition in the last 12 months. The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV) unveils for the first time the first results of its survey on the burden of skin diseases in Europe during its 30e Annual congress.

This is the largest such study ever undertaken in Europe. Data has now been collected from 44,689 adults from 27 European countries, including all countries of the European Union as well as the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland.

Preliminary results show that among 21,401 members of the general population, 47.9% of people 18 years of age or older reported having at least one skin condition. On average, those affected reported a median of two skin conditions.

The projection of these figures on the total NEUKS population (Norway, European Union, United Kingdom and Switzerland) of 408 million inhabitants aged 18 shows that more than 195 million adults in Europe have reported at least one skin condition.

The most common skin conditions among those surveyed are fungal skin infections, affecting nearly one in 10 people (9.07%). Other common conditions, each affecting more than one in 20 people, were atopic dermatitis (eczema) (5.34%), alopecia (5.22%) and acne (5.49%). Additionally, unpleasant skin symptoms / sensations including tightness and itching as a specific referral request were reported by 20% of people 18 years of age or older.

Before EADV undertook this study, little was known about the prevalence of skin diseases in the general population in Europe. In addition, there is a lack of solid, objective and homogeneous data at European level on the impact on quality of life of skin diseases, including stigma, or on the perception and access to dermatologists.

The EADV therefore commissioned a survey of the adult population – The burden of skin diseases in Europe – to:

  • To assess the prevalence of dermatological or venological conditions in Europe
  • Understand the reasons for consulting a dermatologist; the impact of skin conditions on patients; public perception of skin conditions; care pathway for skin diseases; prescribed treatment; and trust in dermatologists

As the leading European organization in dermatology, EADV plays an important role in determining the prevalence and impact of skin diseases in Europe.», Declares Marie-Aleth Richard, Professor at the CHU of La Timone, Marseille and member of the Board of Directors of EADV in charge of the survey. “The fact that one in two people in Europe lives with a skin disease on a daily basis makes the skin the most affected organ in the body and, as an organization, we are therefore committed to making skin diseases a priority. public health priority.. “

After the Congress, the Academy plans to fully analyze the data and submit the first results to JEADV for potential publication before rolling out further survey results in the coming months.


Notes to Editors

Reference to the 30th EADV Congress or the 2021 EADV Congress should be included when providing any information in this press release.


For more information or to arrange an interview with Professor Marie-Aleth Richard, please contact:

Boryana Kermenova – EADV press officer

+44 (0) 208 971 6429

Catriona Martin – EADV Press Officer

+44 (0) 208 971 6412

About the European Skin Disease Burden Survey

The EADV European Skin Disease Burden Survey is a multi-national, cross-sectional online study of a representative sample of the general public with or without skin disease over 18 years of age in 27 European countries , including all countries of the European Union as well as the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland. Data was collected from 44,689 adults between October 2020 and September 2021.

The main objective of the study was to assess the prevalence of dermatological or venerological conditions. The secondary objectives were to (1) detail the reasons for consulting a dermatologist and the dermatological needs of the general population; (2) the impact of skin conditions on affected patients in terms of IQL, stigma, burden and impact in their daily life; (3) public perception of skin diseases; (4) characterize the care pathways and the role of the dermatologist in relation to the general practitioner (GP), the pharmacist or the nurse in the management of skin conditions; (5) determine the treatment prescribed and (6) understand the reactions and confidence in dermatologists in the different countries of the European Union and the level of satisfaction with their interventions.

About EADV

Founded in 1987, EADV is one of the leading European dermato-venerology companies whose objective is to improve the quality of patient care, to deepen the knowledge and education of dermatologists and venereologists and to defend the interests of the specialty and of the patients. It is a non-profit organization with nearly 7,000 members in 116 different countries around the world, providing valuable service to every type of professional dermatologist.

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About the EADV 2021 Annual Congress

The anniversary edition of the 30th EADV Congress is a special celebration of three decades of science and innovation in the field of dermatology and venereology. The 4-day scientific program is packed with new discoveries and scientific breakthroughs and offers a unique opportunity to hear the latest news in dermato-venereology and connect with leading experts. To learn more, visit

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