A new study released by Galderma Laboratories LP suggests that more than 1,000 teens and young adults surveyed struggle emotionally with acne breakouts. but treat the problem reactively instead of proactively.

Despite looking for the specific result of clearer skin, most treat their skin without the help of a dermatologist or primary care physician. The Galderma survey notes that dealing with the embarrassment of acne can lead to behaviors such as avoiding cameras and mirrors, and limited use of social media. This behavior subsequently increases with the severity and frequency of breakouts.

“Acne can widely impact teens and young adults, especially on an emotional level, yet many only treat their acne reactively and expect immediate results,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, board-certified dermatologist and Galderma consultant, in a news release from Galderma North America.

“Acne sufferers have options, including prescription treatment options for patients with acne ranging from mild to moderate to severe inflammatory acne,” she adds.

Additional Findings from the Survey:

74% or girls and 58% of boys surveyed said they are embarrassed about acne and are concerned about its implications;

94% say they would make sacrifices, including giving up social media for a period, in order to never deal with acne again;

75% of teens and young adults visit a dermatologist less than once a year;

56% use over-the-counter products to treat acne breakouts and expect quick results;

44% said they didn’t know a primary care physician could give them a prescription for acne; and

41% would give up dessert for a year to never have acne again.

Acne affects 40 to 50 million people in the United States and is the most common skin condition. Acne occurs when dead skin cells clog the pores, leading to breakouts. The skin condition also affects adults and can lead to negative self-esteem among those who suffer from it. Galderma recommends if improvements are not seen in 2 weeks using an over-the-counter acne treatment, it’s important to discuss other treatment options with a physician and/or dermatologist.

[Sources(s): Galderma North America, Business Wire]