NO ONE wants to feel uncomfortable in their own skin
But it turns out most of us are suffering with the same insecurities when it comes to the way we look.
The average woman has 84 bad skin days a year, and only feels fully comfortable with her appearance 35 per cent of the time.
A poll of 2,000 UK females found almost half have anxieties about their skin – with the main concerns being wrinkles, facial hair and dark circles under the eyes.
Acne, stretch marks and scars are also among women's biggest worries when it comes to their skin.
Radha Parmar, a Skin Advisor at the acne treatment brand, Nuva, which commissioned the survey, said: "There are so many variations of skin conditions that women experience, and it’s not always easy to manage them.
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Of the many different skin conditions out there, 43 per cent have suffered from sunburn, 29 per cent have complained about acne and more than a third have experienced facial hair.
“No matter how little or small they might be, they can really have an effect on one’s confidence, which could have a big impact on how they live their daily lives.”
More than half admit the way they look is far from perfect, and almost two-thirds wish they had better skin, with 25 per cent admitting they’re jealous of others.
For 37 per cent, their skin anxiety exists because they find it ‘embarrassing’ while more than a fifth feel they always need to wear make-up to feel comfortable with how they look.
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Of those who suffer from acne, 61 per cent continue to hide it with the likes of concealer and foundation even though they feel it’s not going to help.
When it comes to a skincare routine, a quarter of women struggle to find the right one for them.
Almost three in 10 regret not starting a facial skincare routine sooner than they did, while a surprising 23 per cent don’t think theirs works but continue doing it anyway.
Despite the average woman spending over two hours on their routine each week, a fifth say they are ‘clueless’ about what will help improve it.
And the average amount of money spent on products each month is nearly £20.
The study, conducted via OnePoll, also found 49 per cent started experiencing problems with their skin from a young age.
Radha Parmar added: “When it comes to a woman’s skincare routine, the amount of information out there is overwhelming, so it can be difficult to make decisions based on this.
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“It also doesn’t help that there are thousands of products that all claim to do the same thing, so it’s no wonder women struggle with what is best for their skin.
“It’s been really interesting to see the different responses through this research and learn a bit more about how women feel about their skin in general.”
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