NEW YORK — When a zit rears its ugly head, do you let nature take its course or start squeezing? For women, a new study finds most take the proactive approach. The average American woman pops a total of 65 pimples annually. That’s 4,153 zits in the average U.S. woman’s adult lifetime!
A survey of 2,000 U.S. women is revealing the not-so-dermatologist-recommended ways respondents are taking the process of revitalizing their skin into their own hands – in some cases, quite literally.
Over eight in 10 American women admit to popping pimples
Unfortunately, 58 percent add they learned a lasting lesson, saying they have at least one scar from their forays into pimple-popping. Over three-quarters of those who pop say they know it’s bad for their pores, but the urge to pop is just too strong.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Truly Beauty, the survey also examined the most common skincare sins among American women. Popping pimples (81%), taking long, hot showers (49%), and not washing their face before bed (43%) are the most common skincare sins respondents admit to.
In addition to their pimple-popping tendencies, more than half of the poll identify as compulsive face-pickers. Fifty-two percent say they pick at the skin on their face without realizing it.
Are face masks secretly wreaking havoc on our skin?
Over half of respondents (51%) also admit to not wearing sunscreen, a foundation, or other base with SPF as skin care experts recommend. Roughly the same number say their acne has worsened as a result of mask-wearing during COVID-19. Another 38 percent claim their skin “hasn’t been this bad in years.”
Moreover, 43 percent still haven’t quite mastered the art of managing face-covering-induced “maskne.” A further six in 10 say their skin is dryer than ever from extra hand-washing, sanitizing, and showering during the pandemic.
“The past year has wrecked serious havoc on the skin on many parts of our bodies, and it’s easy to feel uncomfortable in your own skin when you’re experiencing a flare-up and don’t know how to fix it,” says a skincare expert for Truly Beauty in a statement. “A good way to mitigate this is to start introducing new products with natural, irritation-free ingredients, rather than trying a trendy-but-risky quick fix that could easily result in making what’s already bad worse.”
Pressure to have perfect skin can become expensive
While people have been showing their faces less often in person due to COVID, women are still feeling the pressure to have a flawless face online. Nearly six in ten respondents (57%) believe, thanks to social media, the pressure to have perfect skin is greater than ever. With that in mind, so it’s hardly surprising that the average respondent would pay a whopping $796.25 for perfect skin.
“With tons of drool-worthy images of flawless skin on social media, it’s no wonder that respondents report trying just about anything – even things that could potentially damage their skin – to have the perfect glow,” the Truly Beauty expert adds.
“The key to great skin, though, is clean, quality-sourced ingredients that will stand the test of time – and won’t risk irritating, scarring or otherwise harming your skin in the process.”