Acne Awareness Week 2016 : Focus on emotional impact of acne on teens

Acne Awareness Week 2016 - Focus on emotional impact of acne

The emotional impact of acne on teens is being underestimated, leaving young people without support or help during a critical period in their lives, according to the non-profit organization, the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada.

“Acne is typically dismissed as cosmetic issue but it is often felt far deeper because it affects appearance and happens during a time of change – physical, emotional and social,” says Vancouver dermatologist and society president, Dr. Jason Rivers.

“The emotional impact of acne – from lower self-esteem to anger, embarrassment, social anxiety and depression – can be far worse than the physical impact and can seriously affect lives.”

shutterstock_189353759-1024x682The society has designated September 19 – 25, 2016 as Acne Awareness Week in Canada as featured in Health Canada’s Calendar of Health Promotion Days, with the focus this year on the emotional impact of acne on teens.

To raise awareness about this issue, the society has created 3 cartoons (see below) featuring teens and some common, insensitive acne myths.

“Acne can affect the development of self-image and assertiveness in teens – factors that are important in forming friendships and dating. Having acne has also been associated with teasing, bullying and eating disorders,” he adds.

“Some teens are growing their hair to cover their face, avoiding eye contact, wearing heavy makeup to hide spots, avoiding sports like swimming if they have body acne and missing school.”

Main Take Away

shutterstock_45016498“Recognizing the emotional impact of acne and offering support and help to sufferers can limit psycho-social harm,” Dr. Rivers says. “There are safe and effective over-the-counter or prescription acne treatments to help with this condition. Studies have shown outlook improves as acne improves. And who wouldn’t want a happier teen in their home?”

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Acne Awareness cartoon - You'll grow out of it_0620 med

For more, see 5 Steps to help with acne

About the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada:

The society, a national, not for profit organization, offers hope and help to sufferers by providing independent, reputable and current information on acne and raising awareness.