BRITS go through an average of eight different skincare products in their quest to combat their skin issues.
A poll of 2,000 adults found less than 20 per cent have found the ‘perfect’ skincare routine for their skin type, although nine in 10 know it's important to help maintain it.
And one in 10 have tried a whopping SIXTEEN or more different bottles, lotions and potions to get themselves looking their best.
Nearly half (45 per cent) choose products that have been proven effective by clinical research and 38 per cent look for those that are made with natural ingredients.
Nadav Shraibom, scientific founder and celebrity skin consultant at Medovie, which commissioned the research, said: “Finding the perfect skincare routine, especially for those with chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can be a long road, especially when you’re unsure as to what your issue may be.
“While trying different products may help you find your perfect routine, this can actually be doing more harm than good and could be damaging your skin barrier, causing more irritation and inflammation.
“Remember, the perfect skin routine involves the three P’s – patience, persistence and prevention.
"If your skin condition is triggered by stress and anxiety, this then can turn into a painful and vicious cycle, so it’s best to try and maintain your skin health to help alleviate some of the symptoms.”
The research found three quarters have had a formal diagnosis of a skin complaint, such as eczema or psoriasis, – with an average of a four-and-a-half month wait to find out what it was.
And 29 per cent found themselves waiting over six months to have their skin condition diagnosed.
Unsurprisingly, six in 10 wish they’d been able to get their diagnosis sooner, with the most common complaints being eczema (54 per cent), acne (32 per cent) and psoriasis (31 per cent).
Due to the length of time it takes to get a formal diagnosis, six in 10 lived to regret these choices – even though 49 per cent knew full well what they were doing may be damaging.
Just under half (47 per cent) admit to scratching their skin, and one in three have used a scrub that was too harsh.
Three in 10 have over-cleansed, and a further 30 per cent admit to skipping their moisturiser – all of which can cause further irritation to inflamed and irritated skin.
As a result, 21 per cent have missed a social engagement due to having a ‘bad skin day’ and 20 per cent booked a specialist appointment soon after.
TOP 15 THINGS PEOPLE WITH SKIN CONDITIONS HAVE DONE ON A BAD SKIN DAY:
1. Gone to great lengths to cover it up
2. Wanted to speak to someone about it but wasn’t sure who
3. Missed a social gathering with a group of friends
4. Been too scared to meet new people
5. Tried a potentially damaging method to try to cure it
6. Booked an appointment with a specialist
7. Not been able to leave your house
8. Turned the lights off when in bed with a partner
9. Cancelled a date
10. Skipped school/college or university lectures
11. Pulled a sick day at work
12. Missed a friend/family’s birthday
13. Lost out on an exciting opportunity
14. Considered harming themselves
15. Cancelled a holiday
The study, commissioned via OnePoll, also found 51 per cent of respondents find knowing which products to trust hinders their quest for the perfect skincare routine.
Nadav Shraibom, for Medovie added: “Having a skin condition doesn’t just have an impact on a person’s skin, but can affect their everyday lives, as well as their mental health.
“There is so much information available that it can be hard for many to discern what are the facts and what are the myths in relation to their skin.
“Therefore, I would always advise that you seek the opinion of a specialist to help formally diagnose your condition – there’s no need to be embarrassed, we’ve seen it all.
"They will then be able to recommend the best products for you to use to help treat your skin condition.
“Through our innovative 3HX formula, we have managed to help people treat skin concerns, externally and from within, and make long-lasting, effective change and help reduce the anguish many face with their skin conditions.”
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