Wednesday 20 September 2017

'In teenage minds, the more attractive and slimmer you are, the more attention you get'

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is becoming more prevalent among teenagers (Stock image)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is becoming more prevalent among teenagers (Stock image)
Sinead Moriarty

Sinead Moriarty

Everyone knows how difficult it is to be a teenager. Raging hormones, changing body shapes and the sudden pressure of the opposite sex taking an interest in you, and you in them, can be overwhelming.

Imagine adding to that a face full of acne that you can't hide. You can cover up your body but your face is out there, on view, for all to see.

Far from being 'just a few spots', acne is a serious condition. New research from the British Skin Foundation has found that nearly 20pc of acne sufferers have considered suicide and around the same percentage have ended a relationship because of it.

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