Citrine Healthcare conducted a research survey to help people understand the impact of skin conditions on people’s wellbeing and confidence.
The results of the research help to give an understanding of the need for increased awareness and understanding of the public’s personal experience of living with a skin condition.
- Over two thirds of Irish people have experienced a skin condition or are currently suffering from one, according to new skincare research, which found that 63% feel self-conscious in public.
- More than half of people surveyed said that a skin condition has seriously impacted their self-esteem with 59% experiencing a decrease in confidence or self-image issues due to their skin condition.
The most common skin conditions that affect people in Ireland are Acne, Rosacea and Dermatitis (Eczema).
- Dermatitis/Eczema which causes dry, itchy inflamed patches on the skin is the most common skin condition experienced by Irish people with 44% of the population affected.
- Acne is the second most common skin condition experienced by Irish people with 39% of those surveyed saying that they suffer or have suffered from the ailment. Acne affects over 80% of people aged under 35 in Ireland.
- A notable proportion (12%, or more than 1 in 10) have also experienced Rosacea, a condition that results in redness, flushing, and visible blood vessels on the face, with women (17%) more likely to suffer from this condition compared to men (6%).
The influence on self-image:
- Women and younger people are more likely to experience issues of self-confidence because of their appearance with 63% of women saying a skin condition has impacted their confidence compared to 56% of men.
- The survey also finds that people who suffer with a skin condition have gone as far as to avoid social activities and occasions and refuse to have their picture taken due to feeling self-conscious.
Commenting on the research findings, Sarah O’Leary, Director with Citrine Healthcare said:
“The research shows that living with a skin condition not only affects the physical but the mental health of people in Ireland and more support is needed.”
“There is a considerable impact on self-esteem and confidence, yet that is not a widely discussed topic in Ireland”.
“The impact on people’s self-confidence is clear and the fact we now live in a more image conscious world is having a direct effect, particularly on many younger patients.
“An increased awareness and knowledge of common skin conditions is needed for patients, and pharmacy staff can support people in finding the right over-the-counter treatments and offering the correct advice. However, if necessary, a referral to a dermatologist and their team can be a crucial next step.”