Anne Flenner: August 8, 2018

National Survey Finds Teens with Acne Experience

Anxiety on Social Media1

Award-Winning School Counselor has Real World Advice to Help Adolescents with Acne Avoid Poor Self Esteem & Social Isolation



Anne Flenner

Award-Winning School Counselor, Florida Counseling Association Past-President

Teen acne is one of the most common adolescent struggles. But for teens with acne, the 21st century world of social media, selfies and live streaming can trigger struggles with low self-esteem and poor body image, another tough challenge of adolescence.1

As teens prepare to return to school, a national survey of 1,010 teenagers, ages 15-19, finds that acne not only has a negative impact on the way they feel about themselves, it also leads to increasedanxiety over using social media. The online survey, commissioned by Cutanea Life Sciences, found that 72% of teens who use social media and have had acne say they are self-conscious on social media, and half (50%) have deleted, untagged or edited pictures and even withdrawn from social media to avoid displaying their acne.1

So, what’s the best way to help teens with acne cope with social media anxiety? Veteran school counselor Anne Flenner has tips for parents, caregivers and teens themselves. She also has important warning signs to look out for in case your teen is experiencing anxiety, social isolation, low self-esteem or poor body image as a result of their acne.


More About Anne Flenner:

Anne is an award-winning school counselor. She has worked in the Florida school system for more than a decade. Anne has written numerous grants and presented on various topics surrounding school counseling. She currently serves on the NCAA High School Advisory Alumni Committee, Florida Counseling Association Foundation Board and as a Florida Counseling Association’s Past-President. Anne is also a Past-President of the Florida Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling. She has been awarded the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award, the Jeff Siskand Leadership Award, Florida Counseling Association Member of the Year Award in 2013 and 2011 and 2017 Leadership Award from the Southern Region of the American Counseling Association.

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*Teen Acne Survey; Harris Poll. Conducted between July 13 and 31, 2017 by

Support for this campaign is provided by Cutanea Life Sciences, Inc. For more information about CLS, visit

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