Teens, Adults Take Dim View of Kids with Acne
In commemoration of National Acne Awareness Month, this startling news: Teens with acne are perceived as losers, at least compared to their clear-skinned peers.
In research funded by the acne-med-maker Galderma and sponsored by the American Acne & Rosacea Society, just over 1,000 adults and about the same number of kids ages 13-17 were shown sets of pictures of teens, some clear-skinned and others digitally altered to look like they had acne. Participants in the on-line survey recorded their impressions. Surprise! Both adults and teens viewed the acne-free kids more favorably than the acne-ridden ones.
The survey also asked questions of teens who themselves had acne in an attempt to gauge how big a problem their skin condition is in their lives. Adults also were asked to say how much they figured kids' acne bothered them. While the adults tended to minimize acne's impact, acne-plagued teens reported that their zits made them feel pretty bad indeed. 59 percent said they'd be willing to forego Facebook for a year in exchange for being acne-free forever. And 13 percent of the kids with acne were so truly desperate they said they'd ask their mom or dad to be their date for the prom if they could get rid of their pimples!
Teens and adults alike reported that, when viewing an image of a person with acne, the acne was the first thing they noticed. And here's the most distressing of the findings: Adults were less likely to hire a teen with acne than one without for a summer or after-school job or as a babysitter.
As for this Acne Awareness Month (of which this June is the first annual), I think the survey results suggest we're all plenty aware of acne already. Maybe what we really need is a national Shallow People Making Snap Judgments Based on Appearances Awareness Month.
I have plenty of awful acne stories from my long-ago youth, and I'll bet you do, too. Jump into the comments section and share your acne anecdotes.
Jennifer LaRue Huget
June 15, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Family Health , Teens
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