New Survey Reports on Acne, Social Media Behavior and Teenagers' Self-Esteem

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Monday, December 11, 2017

As teenagers look forward to holiday activities, a new survey of teens (defined as ages 15-19 who are high school juniors/seniors or college freshmen/sophomores attending a school in the US) reveals that acne has a negative impact on their body image and self-esteem, and that translates into anxiety over using social media, mainly the online posting of photos, videos and "selfies."
The national online survey was commissioned by Cutanea Life Sciences, Inc. (CLS), a U.S. based specialty pharmaceutical company focused on dermatology, and was conducted this past summer by Harris Poll among 1,010 teenagers, ages 15-19.

The survey found that 71% of participants who've had acne feel that acne has a negative effect on their body image and attractiveness, while 67% say it has a negative effect on their self-esteem. The poll results further revealed that 72% of teens who use social media and have had acne agree most people their age are self-conscious about their acne on social media, and 68% of teens believe that most of their peers edit or alter their photos on social media if they have acne to hide it. Moreover, 58% of teens who've had acne have offered to take a photo to get out of being in the picture.
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