Whether struggling with rosacea, acne, or discoloration, many of us are in a constant battle with our skin, and a recent survey from scar skin-care brand Mederma is living proof. According to the survey, which was sent out to 2,000 Americans within the general population, more than half of Americans would rather skip an event than deal with their skin issues and insecurities, exemplifying how much our skin has an impact on our self confidence.
To shed further light on this issue and to honor Mental Health Awareness month, Mederma is hosting what it’s calling the “You Are More Than Your Scar” campaign, which highlights the symbiotic relationship between the condition of our skin and our mental health.
“When we were creating our new ‘You Are More Than Your Scar’ campaign, it was inspiring to see that every scar has a story, and more importantly, people often fight silent battles with their marks and scars,” says president of HRA Pharma America Bradley Meeks in a release. “This survey has shown that skin insecurities affect everyone and feeling confident in the skin you’re in has a connection to mental health.”
While the survey results portrayed Americans’ top skin insecurities, how the pandemic has shifted their view on skin health, and what celebrity T.V. host’s skin they’d like to make a filter of, it also highlighted the top five things people would do to achieve picture-perfect skin.
According to Mederma, 34 percent of respondents said they would cancel Netflix for life in order to achieve picture perfect skin, 33 percent said they would never use a smartphone again, 31 percent said they would only eat oatmeal for one year, 27 percent said they would give up their favorite food for life, and 22 percent said they would give up sex for a year.
Per this research, skin conditions obviously take a toll on our mental health, but the survey also showed that people are starting to accept themselves for who they are on the inside. Per the data, half of the survey respondents feel so confident in themselves today, they’d post an unfiltered selfie on social media, and 42-percent shared they’re more likely to join work video calls without makeup compared to pre-pandemic life.
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