A 2009 study by the Health Ministry at two secondary schools in Muar, Johor, found 67.5 per cent of those aged between 13 and 18 suffered from acne.
Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said the findings were higher than other Asian countries such as Hong Kong, which reported only 9.8 per cent and China, with 38 per cent, in the same age group.
He said the problem severely affects teenagers who could become depressed and withdraw from social activities.
“They might seek cures from beauticians or buy over-the-counter products.
“Complications such as scarring tend to drive patients …