The team here at Works with Water Nutraceuticals recently commissioned a survey to gain a better understanding of how acne affects its sufferers. We can now share our findings with you, which reveals some shocking results.
Across all ages, it appears that a staggering 75% sometimes or often feel depressed because of their acne, with a further 17% saying their acne ‘always’ makes them feel depressed. Worryingly, 14% of participants also say that their acne – or the drugs that they have taken to treat it – has made them feel suicidal.
The survey completed by 100 acne sufferers highlights that acne is not only a teenage problem, as more than a third of acne sufferers turns out to be older than 25. Just over three quarters of the respondents (77%) have suffered from acne for more than three years, causing them long-term grief. And a quarter of acne suffers are convinced they will never be acne free during their lifetime.
Eight out of ten of the acne sufferers say that their acne has a negative effect on their daily lives, while 58% state it sometimes or often lowers their confidence levels and a further 38% reveal their confidence levels are always lowered because of their acne. Almost two thirds of surveyed people (62%) admit they have declined offers to go out because of their acne and 68% feel their acne has affected their chances of getting a boyfriend or girlfriend. Furthermore, acne has been the cause of bullying for 37% of respondents.
Jules Birch, Founder and CEO of Works with Water Nutraceuticals says: “These survey results prove that acne is more than just a skin condition and causes emotional and psychological side effects, including low confidence levels and feeling depressed. It appears 58% of acne sufferers surveyed have tried prescription drugs to treat their acne, but often these products didn’t cure the problem. Acne is difficult to treat, but with the right health supplements and skincare regime, we know great results can be achieved.”