A new survey has shown that almost half of people in Europe over the aged of 18 years have reported at least one skin problem or disease in the past 12 months.

The study, carried out by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology (EADV), collected data from 44,689 adults from 27 European countries, including all countries from the European Union as well as the UK, Norway and Switzerland.

Initial findings revealed that among 21,401 people in Europe, 47.9% of individuals aged 18 years or older self-reported at least one dermatological condition, with those affected declaring a median of two skin disease.

According to the EADV, projecting these figures to the total NEUKS (Norway, European Union, UK and Switzerland) population of 408 million inhabitants aged 18 years or over, shows over 195 million adults in Europe self-reported at least one skin condition.

The most common skin condition among the surveyed population is fungal skin infection, affecting close to one in ten people (9.07%).