Study: What others think about acne victims?

by Seppo on August 20, 2011

Acne victims are often shy and embarrassed about their skin. They feel that having acne makes them less appealing to other people, and that other people perceive them badly because of acne. Unfortunately recent research shows that there is some truth behind those beliefs.

A recent study published at the BioPsychoSocial Medicine studied how people view teenagers with acne as compared to those with clear skin. The researchers presented people with photos of people with acne and people who have clear skin. The researchers digitally altered the photos to remove acne. In this way they were able to measure the difference in perceptions of the same person with or without acne.

Not surprisingly the pictures with clear skin were perceived as more positive than those with acne. Here are the biggest differences. People with acne were perceived as:

  • 41% shyer
  • 25% nerdier
  • 22% more stressed
  • 22% lonelier

The above percentages are averages of teenage and adult responders. Adults perceived acne on others less negatively than teenagers.

These results aren’t that surprising. Everybody knows that how you look affects the way other people perceive you. But the important thing to keep in mind is that having acne is not the end of the world. Each and everyone has their own flaws. The trick is to do your best to accept them. Then you can develop other characteristics to outshine your flaws.

Or you can turn your flaws into your advantage. Self-confidence radiates brighter than acne. So cracking a joke about your skin condition takes the edge of it and focuses people on your strengths.


Psychosocial Judgements and Perceptions of Adolescents with Acne Vulgaris: A Blinded, Controlled Comparison of Adult and Peer Evaluations (PubMed abstract), Full text PDF.


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Johanna September 15, 2011 at 5:38 am

Do u by any chance know some motivating quotes that I can perhaps review and look at to help with my acne? I like *patience is the key* I just get easily discouraged. Let me know if. Know any helpful tips or anything..thank u

Seppo September 17, 2011 at 6:29 am

@Johanna, Google is your friend here. What motivates me doesn’t necessarily motivate you :)

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