Acne is a pox on big moments in teenage girls' lives, poll shows

September 1, 2005

In a recent survey by the American Counseling Association (ACA), eight in 10 adolescent girls said that acne makes them feel embarrassed, unhappy, or less attractive. The survey, underwritten by Dermik Laboratories, polled 738 girls between 13 and 17 years old. Its goal was to raise public awareness of the impact of acne during important moments in a teenager's life.

In a recent survey by the American Counseling Association (ACA), eight in 10 adolescent girls said that acne makes them feel embarrassed, unhappy, or less attractive. The survey, underwritten by Dermik Laboratories, polled 738 girls between 13 and 17 years old. Its goal was to raise public awareness of the impact of acne during important moments in a teenager's life.

Exactly half of the teenagers surveyed said that looking their best during a significant moment of their high school life—such as the prom—is important. Thirty-five percent of respondents said that pimples embarrassed them, 24% reported wanting to hide, and 21% said that acne made them unhappy.

Forty-two percent said that they would seek the help of a dermatologist if they broke out before a big event. But only 7% of those surveyed said that their mother would likely take them to a physician; mothers are more likely to buy an acne product or tell their daughter that acne is caused by not cleaning her face properly.

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