Going through puberty, and the multitude of physical and emotional changes that come with it, is difficult enough for teens without having the added stress of dealing with acne. A survey about the affects acne has on teenagers revealed that more than half (55 per cent) of the teens surveyed expressed that acne is the most difficult aspect of puberty, far worse than their bodies changing (22 per cent), body odour (12 per cent), or changes in their voice (4 per cent).
In our image obsessed society a skin condition, such as acne, can have a negative impact on the life of a teenager. A perception study of 1,000 teens and 1,000 adults revealed that teens with acne are more likely to be perceived as shy, nerdy, lonely and less likely to be leaders. Conversely, teenagers with clear skin were perceived as self confident, happy, fun and intelligent.
The appearance of acne strongly affect not only teens' perceptions of each other, but individuals self confidence. The study showed that 60 per cent of teens assert that those with acne are likely to be bullied, versus 33 per cent of those with pimple free images. Furthermore, teens who viewed images of peers with clear skin were happy to post a picture of themselves with that teen on their Facebook page (58 per cent versus 41 per cent for images of teens with acne).
The majority of teenagers (85 per cent) experience some form of acne, ranging in severity from just a few pimples to frequent breakouts. Despite acne being such a common problem among teens, many do not know what treatments are available and from whom they should seek advice.
Benzac, the number one acne brand in pharmacy, offers a complete solution for mild to moderate acne sufferers with their clinically proven over-the-counter treatment gels, cleansers, and moisturiser. Now in new look packaging, Benzac continues to provide effective and straight forward acne solutions that go beyond superficial relief and helps break the cycle of acne with their 3 step approach to deliver clearer skin. New look, same results.
Benzac 3 Step Skincare Routine
Benzac® Daily Facial Liquid Cleanser Liquid (300 mL RRP $17.95) or Benzac® Daily Facial Foam Cleanser (130mL RRP $12.95) gently removes surface dirt, oil, bacteria, skin cells and other debris from the surface of the skin and helps to unblock pores.
Controls oiliness without drying and prepares the skin for treatment.
Benzac AC® gels or wash is a clinically proven acne treatment that uses unique Acrylates Copolymer (AC) technology.
Active ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide kills up to 94% of acne bacteria.
Unblocks pores, whiteheads and blackheads – has a mild peeling (keratolytic) effect to help remove the follicle plug.
Absorbs excess oil.
Contains glycerin which hydrates skin and reduces risk of irritation.
Available in 3 gel strengths: 2.5% (RRP $16.95), 5% (RRP $18.95) and 10% (RRP 19.95) for 50g. A 5% wash (RRP $18.95) is also available.
Moisturise and Protect
Benzac® Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 (118mL RRP $18.95) soothes and nourishes dry skin without blocking pores. The SPF 15 provides protection against UVA and UVB rays.
Oil free, lightweight and non-greasy.
Benzac Clear Skin Acne Control Kit
Adhering to the 3 step routine is vital for tackling acne as each step supports skin health, allowing the treatment product to work most effectively and help stop spots and blemishes from reappearing.
The Benzac Clear Skin Acne Control Kit (RRP $34.95) contains all the products needed to achieve clear skin in one simple purchase containing; Benzac Daily Facial Foam Cleanser, Benzac AC 2.5% Gel and Benzac Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15.
Benzac® products are available from pharmacies nationally. For further information please phone 1800 800 765 in Australia and 0800 174 104 in New Zealand. View the Benzac range via www.benzac.com.au. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.