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Results Are In for the Second-Ever Mederma® Wear Your Skin Proudly Survey

Dr. Robyn Silverman

I'm excited to share the results of the Mederma® Wear Your Skin Proudly survey! As a body image expert, I am very interested in learning more about how appearance can impact self-confidence, and the Mederma® Wear Your Skin Proudly survey helps shed some light on how men and women view their skin imperfections, such as scars and stretch marks, and how these imperfections can affect self-confidence.

While the Mederma® Wear Your Skin Proudly survey found that most U.S. men and women, are generally happy with their physical appearance, they also felt that improving the appearance of their skin imperfections, such as scars and/or stretch marks, would help improve their self-confidence. The survey also revealed the differing feelings men and women have about the appearance of these skin imperfections, with 44 percent of women responding that improving the appearance of their skin imperfections would help improve their overall self-confidence, compared with only 25 percent of men.

This survey also found that skin imperfections, such as scars and stretch marks, can affect interpersonal relationships as well. Thirty-four percent of women reported that their scar(s) and/or stretch marks would make them feel self-conscious during intimate moments with their partner, compared to only 20 percent of men.

In my experience as a psychologist, I have seen that men and women can differ greatly in the extent to which their scars and/or stretch marks affect how they feel about themselves. The Mederma® Wear Your Skin Proudly survey had similar findings, with women in particular reporting they were more self-conscious about the appearance of their scars and/or stretch marks. Thirty-three percent of women reported that their scars and stretch marks negatively affected their self-confidence, while only 19 percent of men felt this way. Additionally, 47 percent of women surveyed had tried to hide their scars and/or stretch marks from others, compared with only 23 percent of men.

Although many women responded that they felt self-conscious about the appearance of their skin imperfections, this survey also found that women are more likely to have taken proactive steps to help them feel more confident in their skin than men. The most common method for improving the appearance of scars and stretch marks was to use a topical product, with 39 percent of women responding that they have tried using a topical cream or lotion. Using a product such as Mederma® Advanced Scar Gel or Mederma® Stretch Marks Therapy is one step both men and women can take to feel more confident about their appearance. Mederma® Advanced Scar Gel is the first and only 1X daily scar product clinically shown to improve the overall appearance, color and texture of scars when used for eight weeks on new scars. Mederma® Stretch Marks Therapy is clinically shown to improve the overall appearance of stretch marks by reducing discoloration, improving texture and enhancing softness in 12 weeks, with noticeable improvement as soon as four weeks.

I feel that it's very important for everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin, and these statistics reveal some of the underlying issues that men and women face regarding their appearance and self-confidence. While skin imperfections can sometimes have a negative effect on self-esteem, improving the appearance of scars and stretch marks can help both men and women feel more confident. Mederma® is one way that men and women can improve the appearance of their skin imperfections that have made them feel self-conscious, which, in turn, can help them to feel more confident about their bodies.

All information in the Mederma® Learning Center is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice. You should seek professional medical care if you have any concerns about your skin.