A new survey, conducted by an Online Dermatology service called Curology, provides some insight into the challenges women face when dealing with acne and highlights how far women of all ages are willing to go to achieve clear skin. The survey was conducted online with Google Consumer Surveys among 1,001 women, between the ages of 18-44, who have suffered from acne, blackheads or clogged pores at some point in their lives.
Here are the key findings of Curology’s survey.
Suffering from unwanted acne, blackheads or clogged pores can be challenging for women of all ages. In many cases, social situations can exacerbate the emotional toll acne takes and brings unwanted commentary.
● A staggering 52% of women 18-24 have had a significant other or family member comment on their acne, blackheads, or clogged pores in a negative way.
● Almost 15% (14.8%) of women between the ages of 18-24 are likely or very likely to cancel plans or a date because of a breakout.
● Of the women who said they were likely to cancel plans or a date because of a breakout, 26% of them would ALSO be willing to be celibate for six months in order to have clear skin.
In today’s digital age, when photos are constantly shared, the pressure of having clear and photo-ready skin is very real. Women of all ages are willing to subject themselves to other burdens to avoid a very public breakout.
● Almost 60% (58.6%) of women said they’d rather have their period than a breakout on their wedding day.
● 40% (39.9%) of women admitted to editing a picture to cover a blemish before posting on social media. For women aged 18-24, the number goes up to 52.6%.
Acne and the Workplace
Women who suffer from acne, blackheads or clogged pores also struggle with nerves and feelings of anxiety in the workplace.
● 36.6% of women admitted to feeling nervous or anxious going into a job interview or big presentation because of their acne. The nerves increase even more for younger women, with 40.6% of women 18-24 admitting the same feelings of anxiety.
● 52.4% of women who have had someone close to them comment on their acne in a negative way also admitted to having felt nervous or anxious going into a big presentation or job interview.
● Almost 10% (8.7%) of women said they would be willing to take a pay cut for six months in order to have clear skin. Younger women age 18-24 would go even further, with 11.5% willing to take a pay cut for clear skin.
● Of women 18-34 who said they would be willing to take a pay cut for six months in order to have clear skin, 57.9% would be willing to pay $100/month for 10 years ($12k) to guarantee their skin would be cleared of any acne, blackheads or clogged pores for life.
● 20.5% of women would be willing to pay $100/month for 10 years ($12K) to guarantee their skin would be cleared of any acne, blackheads or clogged pores for life. That number jumps to 26.4% for women 18-24.
The unfavorable emotional and physical toll of acne can be severe for many, so it’s no surprise that women are willing to go to great lengths to make sure their skin is blemish free. What’s surprising is JUST how far.
● More than ⅓ of women (35.7%) would be willing to gain 10 pounds, take a pay cut or be celibate for six months in order to have clear skin. When looking at women between the 18-24, that percentage rises to nearly 44% (43.6%).
● 10.6% of women said they would be willing to gain ten pounds in order to have clear skin.
● 24.2% of women would be willing to be celibate for six months in order to have clear skin.
Adult Acne, as I have written about many times, is a far bigger problem for women than men. Adult Acne in women tends to be more chronic and more treatment resistant. My own experience treating 100s of women with adult acne over the years, is that it can be an insidiously debilitating condition, which takes a quiet but persistent toll on emotional well being.
There are a number of Online Dermatology services in the USA, which offer an Online prescription service for the cost of a visit to the GP in this country. Access to doctors in the USA is very costly and out of reach for many young Americans who suffer from Acne. Unfortunately, whilst this service is a great step up from no access to medical care for Acne, prescription medicines, other than Isotretinoin, do not offer a long term solution for Acne, and as discussed previously, even Isotretinoin has a 40% relapse rate for females who take a course.
That is why finding SGA and bringing it to my clients has been such a wonderfully satisfying process for me. We have been performing SGA for over 5 years now and a recent survey of our therapists returned an almost universal expression of their enthusiasm and satisfaction with performing SGA for their clients and the outstanding results they were able to achieve for them.
My focus over the next few years is to teach as many therapists and clinicians as possible to perform SGA, both in Australia and all around the world.