Acne needs to be taken more seriously, say charities
Acne is not taken seriously enough, despite the bullying and stigma people face, say charities.
James Partridge, founder and chief executive of disfigurement charity Changing Faces, says attitudes desperately need challenging.
“We need to show respect, help people cope, not belittle and stigmatise.
“Every year there are instances of suicide due to people’s distress around acne,” says James. “Self harm is also very common.”
Because it’s not life threatening, money and research is going into other areas, the British Skin Foundation argues.
Spokesperson and Consultant Dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto tells Newsbeat: “The anxiety skin disease creates often gets neglected.
“Because it’s not going to kill you, it falls at the bottom of a list of what needs to be done.”Dermatology