New Australian research shows acne is preventing Generation Y women from leaving the house.
The poll of over 1,500 women shows half (50%) of Gen Y females who have had acne in the last five years have admitted that the condition has prevented them from leaving the house, compared to just over 30 per cent (34%) of their Gen X counterparts.
While the survey found that almost all female acne sufferers (96%) believe that the condition affects their self-confidence, the impact of acne on younger Australians is far more considerable, with close to a third of these young women (32%) confessing that acne affected their relationships.
Professor Kurt Gebauer, a Western Australian dermatologist and co-chair of All About Acne, believes that feelings of embarrassment are common among young hormonal acne sufferers.
“It’s unfortunate that acne has such a significant impact on the lives of Australia’s youth,” Professor Gebauer said.
“So much so, that it seems these women are choosing to stay at home and miss out on events, rather than be seen with acne.”
The survey results, which will feature in an information booklet launched by All About Acne this month, found Gen X women are less pessimistic about the effect acne has on their lives, with 43 per cent stating that acne didn’t really impact their lives at all, compared to 29 per cent of Gen Y women.
“Generally speaking, younger females are at a far more vulnerable stage in their lives compared to older women,” Professor Gebauer said.
“When you are socialising and regularly meeting new people, the pressure to ‘fit in’ and look your best can be daunting. Fortunately, these days there are many treatments available to help manage acne and control breakouts.”
Amongst the prescription treatments available for acne, for women requiring contraception, the contraceptive pill was a well-recognised treatment for managing the condition, with almost 40 per cent (39%) of women surveyed having previously used the Pill to manage their condition.
The survey also revealed that other popular prescription treatments included prescription topical creams and antibiotic lotions or tablets; these treatments were previously used by 28% and 26% of women within this survey respectively. Commonly used over-the-counter products included topical creams, self-selected cleansers and natural remedies.
Australian women also appear to be doing all they can to hide their condition, with the majority of respondents (94%) revealing that they try to cover up their acne in some way.
“Acne is an irritating condition which can inhibit the lives of many women. While covering acne spots with makeup is a quick fix, it is not a solution to the root problem. I encourage those with the condition to speak to their GP or dermatologist about the many treatment options which are available to them,” Professor Gebauer said.
“Doctors can prescribe a number of effective treatments including creams and tablets. Antibiotics, retinoids or a combination of both can make a significant improvement in most cases.”
All About Acne has released a new booklet to help combat challenges faced by Gen Y acne sufferers.