Battling To Correct And Protect Our Skin with Vicki Engsall

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· Almost half (44%) of Australians have had an embarrassing skin condition, with 1 in 10 hiding a skin condition from their partner.

· 1 in 2 women say their problem skin has affected their confidence, with 13% becoming depressed and 14% not even wanting to leave the house.

· With the warmer weather approaching, experts offer tips to manage skin complaints.

EMBARGO: 10th September–Our skin is the body’s largest organ and it’s most prone to the bumps and bruises of daily life. Along with hormones, changing climates and harsh detergents, it’s not surprising that we are constantly battling to protect and correct our skin.

New research carried out by The Jojoba Company has found that more than half (56%) of Australians are continually experiencing problems with their skin. Surprisingly, 44% said that their skin has left them embarrassed with 1 in 10 admitting to hiding a skin condition from their partner.

While the main cause of irritation to our skin comes from stress (39%), other main contributors include soaps and detergents (35%). Whilst the humidity and hot weather cause 1 in 4 Australians to suffer from uncomfortable and irritated skin.

In a vicious cycle, while skin conditions may be caused by stress, skin conditions themselves lead to further stress. Almost half (48%) of women said that their confidence has been affected, leading to 13% becoming depressed and 14% not even wanting to leave the house due to their skin.

Whether it’s scarring, rosacea, acne or eczema our skin can leave us desperately reaching for lotions and creams to help deal with irritated and unsightly skin conditions. However, while 48% will seek medical advice, 1 in 5 (21%) will do nothing and hope things return to normal.

With the seasons changing and warmer weather approaching, experts offer their advice on how to deal with a range of skin conditions and restore confidence.

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