Revealed: impact of skin conditions acne and eczema on people's mental health
New data has revealed the emotional impact skin conditions have on people’s mental health, with 79% of eczema sufferers missing work due to flare ups and 46% of acne patients more likely to develop major depression.
The review, conducted by skincare brand La Roche-Posay in collaboration with GlobalSkin – a non-profit organisation comprised of skin patient associations from around the world, also found that 47% to 60% of people with eczema have sleepless nights and 50% of those with atopic dermatitis feel stigmatised by society.
Meanwhile, 50% of acne sufferers will self-isolate and 80% of patients suffer from skin side effects during cancer treatments. Read our article on effectively treating adult acne in your salon.
“Whether big or small, skin issues are a matter of public health today,” said Laetita Toupet, global president at La Roche-Posay. “We tend to underestimate the impact they can have on people’s lives.”
La Roche-Posay is raising awareness about the impact of skin issues around the world with a new video campaign featuring real people, giving a voice to those who suffer from skin conditions while also amplifying that they are not alone.
Toupet added: “Today, we’re going a step further with a brand new campaign to raise awareness and show the life-changing power of dermatology”.
A staggering 1.9 billion people around the world are currently fighting skin conditions which alter the quality of their daily lives, states the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD).
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Lead image: woman with acne in La Roche-Posay campaign video