Skin diseases affect around 60 per cent of people in the UK at some point in their lives, according to the British Skin Foundation (BSF)
While they can affect people at any age, some are likely to first appear at certain stages of life and should be managed early on, to prevent complications and any impact on mental health.
“Skin conditions can not only cause patients discomfort, but a significant amount of anxiety due to the social stigma associated with such ailments,” says Ruth Giles, brand manager for Care at Thornton & Ross. “Most skin conditions can be treated with over the counter (OTC) medicines and an appropriate skincare regime. However, more serious cases may require referral. Pharmacy teams should familiarise themselves with the symptoms, condition management and when a referral is needed.”
“More than half of those with a skin disease feel judged by others”
The different stages
The Ages of our Skin
During 2022, the British Skin Foundation (BSF) and ITN Productions Industry News are co-producing 'The Ages of our Skin', a news-style programme taking an unfiltered look at skin across all age groups, to raise awareness and understanding of different skin conditions. The programme will launch at the British Association of Dermatologists’ Annual Conference on 5 July 2022.
'The Ages of our Skin' programme follows on from last year’s 'More than Skin Deep' co-production by the BSF and ITN Productions Industry News which explored the increasing awareness of the effects of skin conditions on mental health. More than half of those with a skin disease feel judged by others because of their condition, according to a BSF survey last year. On top of that, 35 per cent of people with skin conditions say that it affects their mental health, 26 per cent say it often leaves them feeling embarrassed and 25 per cent say it affects their everyday life.
"Last year’s campaign with ITN Productions Industry News was so successful, with such a large reach, that we were particularly excited to collaborate again on a brand-new project," says Matthew Patey, CEO of the BSF. "This year’s programme, 'The Ages of our Skin', will encompass the various skin changes and potential problems we all face as we age. From delicate infant skin to the hormonal havoc of puberty and menopause, to issues around more senior skin, it is important to understand how to keep skin healthy."
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