Beauty or Blemish: What do others see?
by Staff
Pimples, zits, blackheads, whiteheads -- regardless of what you call your blemishes, they certainly can be difficult to ignore when you look in the mirror. But do other people see your blemishes before your beauty? Take our quiz to find out.

What type of doctor specializes in skin problems?

  • hematologist
  • dermatologist
  • cytopathologist
  • rheumatologist

Which of the following is most commonly used for treating mild acne?

  • over-the-counter topical treatments
  • oral antibiotics
  • antidepressants
  • interlesional corticosteroid injections

True or false: People don't need to be very close to you to see your breakouts -- no one could miss them.

  • true
  • false

Which treatment is used against moderate to severe acne?

  • topical retinoids
  • antibiotics
  • interlesional corticosteroid injections
  • all of the above

What mental and emotional symptoms are common for patients with acne?

  • low self-esteem
  • embarrassment
  • humiliation
  • all of the above

True or false: The psychological effects of breakouts are just as serious and important, if not more so, than the physical effects.

  • true
  • false

What psychological condition are people with blemishes at risk for?

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • social withdrawal
  • all of the above

Although rare, which mental disorder may develop in people suffering from a distorted body image due to breakouts?

  • bipolar disorder
  • body dysmorphic disorder
  • narcissistic personality disorder
  • paranoid personality disorder

What is the defining characteristic of people with body dysmorphic disorder?

  • an obsession with themselves and an inflated sense of self-importance
  • moods that swing between mania and depression
  • an obsession over a perceived defect in themselves, and an obsession to fix those flaws
  • excessive food restriction

Which is a sign you may need help treating your blemishes?

  • Your work (or school) is negatively impacted.
  • Your relationships are negatively affected.
  • You withdraw from your social activities.
  • any of the above