Survey suggests more than half of the British population suffers from a skin disease

27 Oct 2016

The British Skin Foundation (BSF) has released a new survey suggesting that more than half of people have suffered from or continue to suffer from a skin disease.

The survey was conducted to celebrate 20 years of fundraising for research and included the views of 364 respondents.

The results indicated that seven in ten people have visible scars or visible skin conditions, with 72% of this group saying it affects their confidence.

“Statistics like this remind us just how much skin conditions and scars can affect everyday life by crushing people’s confidence,” said BSF spokesperson Lisa Bickerstaffe. “Rather than let skin problems rule lives, put strains on relationships and eat away at self-esteem, our goal is to fund as much research as possible to try and help those with skin issues,” she said.

Other findings of the survey indicated that 28% of the population has suffered from acne and 39% admitted that they didn’t know how to handle it.

“Acne is a treatable skin disease and it is important to seek help early,” said consultant dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto. She continued, “Although not life-threatening, the damage acne can cause should not be underestimated. It can lead to scarring of the skin in addition to having profound effects on self-esteem. It is important to deal with these at an early stage to prevent lasting physical and psychological effects.”

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