Sixty per cent of Brits have suffered from a skin disease, new research has revealed.
The British Skin Foundation revealed that the sixty per cent of British people currently suffer from or have suffered from a skin disease at some point during their lifetime, according to a new survey revealed at its Skin Deep – 20 Years of Research conference.
The British Skin Foundation surveyed the public on their skin health as the charity celebrates 20 years of raising money for research. The survey covered all skin conditions, from the most common through to the potentially deadly. For instance, 28 per cent of the population admitted to suffering from acne at some stage. Of those, some 39 per cent admit they don’t know how to handle it.
Furthermore, 43 per cent of people surveyed say that the impact of their child’s skin disease affects them and their family, while 33 per cent admitted that dealing with their child’s skin disease affects their daily routine.
Consultant Dermatologist, Dr Anjali Mahto, said: “Acne is a treatable skin disease and it is important to seek help early. No one should have to suffer in silence and early access to your family doctor or dermatologist is key. 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.”
Seven in ten people have visible scars or visible skin conditions, with 72 per cent of this group saying it affects their confidence.
When revealing their behaviour in the sun, alarmingly 85 per cent of people admitted to being sun burnt three times or more in their lifetime. One in 10 also confessed that they don’t wear SPF 30 or more when abroad, and more than a fifth of people admitted to forgetting to reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming on holiday.
Matthew Patey, British Skin Foundation CEO, added: “Our survey has shown that a high percentage of people are affected by skin disease during their lifetime, telling us that our work is just as essential today as it ever was 20 years ago. It illustrates that more research is needed to help people with all kinds of skin problems and we will keep raising money for research to find treatment and cures across all skin diseases, including skin cancer.”