Confidence Crusher: 1 in 3 Acne Sufferers Avoid Social Occasions, Survey Reveals

Bad hair days are frustrating enough, but you can always hide your hair under a stylish hat or scarf. Bad skin days, however, are another matter. Acne affects far more than just your skin – it can have a negative impact on your self-confidence and other personal aspects of your life, including your pocket. 

LUSTRE Pure Light, an innovative company offering blue light treatment for acne, surveyed 1871 acne sufferers to find out how their conditions affects their confidence and how much they would, hypothetically, be prepared to pay to have instantly clear skin. 

Overall, acne sufferers said they would fork out a whopping £1,693.12 on average for a flawless complexion. Interestingly, when broken down by gender, it was found that men were willing to pay more than women, on average at £1,818.18, compared to £1,555.56. 

So how does bad skin affect confidence in our everyday lives? 

The survey found that nearly a third admit they actively avoid social situations because of skin problems. It’s hard to feel confident and outgoing when we don’t feel we look good. By gender, the results revealed that women were more self-conscious than men (35% compared to 25%), even though they have more ready access to makeup such as foundation. 

Additionally, 1 in 10 people who suffer with acne have taken time off work because of bad skin. On days when flare-ups are particularly bad, that’s understandable.

Unsurprisingly, the survey demonstrated how our skin can affect our love life, too; almost a fifth of acne sufferers say that they’ve cancelled a date because of acne. In this instance it’s men who are more likely to cancel than women – maybe because many women put on makeup for a date anyway. 
Sadly, 18% have even said that problem skin has affected their studies and academic performance, with women feeling this way more than men. Clearly, this is an issue that affects afflicted sufferers profoundly; and many are willing to invest heavily in making it go away.
LUSTRE has created the portable Pure Light Solo device at a fraction of the cost of what respondents in the survey said they would be prepared to pay for flawless skin. 

At £79 SRP, LUSTRE Solo works by killing the bacteria that causes acne naturally, and is a proven technology designed to allow you to treat your spots and acne at home. The device is hands free and is worn for just 20 minutes a day for 8-12 weeks, with visible improvements seen from just 2 weeks. Thereafter LUSTRE Pure Light Solo can be used as an outbreak management device helping you to take control of your acne not just now, but for years to come. 

‘Having acne drastically affects your self-esteem and consequently, various other aspects including social and work life,’ says Anna Rodriguez Majek, spokesperson for LUSTRE‘We aim to help sufferers as painlessly and effectively as possible so you’ll have a smile on your face and be back out socialising as soon as possible.’

Wassana Lampech

Wassana Lampech is a medical technology graduate and a freelance writer. She has been writing since her college days, and has been a freelance writer for the past 4 years. You can follow her on Twitter here: @wassmam