Acne affects approximately 80% of teenagers aged 13-18 years. Despite acne being commonplace, a British Skin Foundation (BSF) study (10-18 year-olds) found that teenagers with acne are often on the receiving end of bullying, by friends, family and strangers.
The BSF survey of teens with acne found that, due to their acne:
• 62% have experienced verbal abused by friends,
family or a person they knew
• 40% have been verbally abused by a member of the public
• 46% reported being bullied regularly
• 19% have contemplated suicide due to their acne, with another 4% actually attempting suicide
• 19% have considered self-harm and a further 16% have actually self-harmed
On a more positive note 48% relied on their family for support.
Regarding an acne remedy, 52% have tried five or more acne treatments.
BFS’s Dr Mahto’s tips for tackling acne by
• Cleanse your face twice a day with a face wash designed for acne-prone skin. Products that contain salicylic acid and zinc may be beneficial. Exfoliate your skin weekly, this will remove the upper layer of skin cells, resulting in a brighter complexion and help reduce blackheads
• Try over the counter acne treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to apply directly onto spots
• Avoid heavy cosmetics and products that will block pores and choose items that are oil-free and non-comedogenic
• See your GP or a dermatologist if your acne fails to respond to these measures, if you notice scarring, or it is starting to affect your self-esteem
Source: British Skin Foundation