Answer Key: Skin FACTS—TruE or FALSE

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A World
of ChAnge
A teacher’s guide to adolescence,
self-esteem and skin care
in today’s fast-paced world.
Look inside for:
• Lesson plans on the issues facing
adolescents in today’s quickchanging culture
• Engaging activities on skin care
and self-esteem
• Additional online resources
and content
lesson Plan:
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For young teens, rapid change is part of their everyday world. Changes in communication, technology
and popular culture are experienced every day. Another thing that is changing: their bodies. This change
can be sudden, confusing and stressful.
objECTiVE: This lesson plan provides activities and thought starters for understanding body change
(especially skin) and how to handle it.
Learning Activity
The changes that come with puberty are
normal. Learning more about acne will help
students understand their changing bodies.
break students into teams. Provide them with
questions that allow them to reflect upon the
changes they are experiencing.
For example:
• What percentage of people get pimples?
• on average, who hits puberty first?
boys or girls?
• What are some of the changes you’ve noticed
about yourself as you grew up? How did you
deal with those changes?
Teaching Points
90% of young people get pimples at some time!
What causes acne or pimples?
• oil produced by sebaceous glands flows up
through the hair follicles or pores to the skin’s
surface. When the amount of oil increases,
it can combine with dead skin cells within the
follicles to clog pores. (Have students take a
look at a sebaceous gland in the brochure.)
• This blockage allows acne bacteria to thrive.
bacteria in the blocked pore breaks down into
acids, causing redness and swelling. The
body’s defense mechanism then fights back,
produces pus and a pimple develops.
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Ask students to change something about the
classroom for one day so that they have to do
things differently.
Most of the issues that arise during puberty
come from confusion about what to do. Explain
what a daily routine is and how it may have to
change now that students’ bodies are changing.
Examples: Change the rules for talking or asking
questions, or have students lead a lesson at the
beginning of class.
To help manage the change in their skin,
students will need to change the way they
take care of it. Taking care of your skin should
be second nature, like washing your hands or
brushing your teeth.
Discuss how this change makes their everyday
routine new and different.
Don’T STrESS! Fun FiLL-in-THE-bLAnk GAME
Ask students to complete a fun word game
about the stress caused by acne.
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All of the changes students are going through
can cause stress. one of the symptoms of these
changes is breakouts. Students shouldn’t worry.
This is completely natural. Almost everyone
experiences acne at some point, and students
should be reassured that there is nothing to
worry about! Treating acne, especially with
a daily face-washing routine, can help.
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lesson Plan:
CoMForTAbLE in Your Skin
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At this age, students are especially vulnerable to the opinions of their peers. What they do, what
they wear, even how they comb (or don’t comb) their hair is part of trying to be accepted. That’s why
acne can be such a troubling development as students develop into young adults. Luckily, with a little
information, your students can learn ways to manage these changes and start feeling more comfortable
in their own skin.
objECTiVE: Encourage students to think critically about what affects self-esteem and how to take
positive steps to improve their own self-confidence.
Learning Activity
Teaching Points
Ask students to contribute names of people
they admire for being comfortable with who
they are. Prompt them with magazines or have
them search the internet. Have students
discuss in pairs:
• How does this person show he or she is
comfortable in his or her skin?
• Do you think this person has high
self-esteem? Why? Why not?
by grounding the discussion around celebrities,
students will feel more comfortable discussing
issues relating to self-esteem and being
comfortable with their own identities.
Discuss how being comfortable relates to the
idea of self-esteem by asking:
• What is self-esteem? What affects it? Does
having high self-esteem mean you are
comfortable with who you are?
by relating self-esteem to being comfortable,
students can begin to develop a concrete
understanding of what self-image is. This
discussion connects a complex concept
(self-image) to a feeling they all know—being
(un)comfortable. Addressing appearance
and discussing real strategies for coping
with insecurity make this topic relevant and
applicable to their everyday lives.
Personalize the topic by turning the
conversation toward the students by asking:
• When do you feel most comfortable with
who you are? Does appearance impact how you
feel about yourself? is there anything you can
do to feel more comfortable?
Acne can make people feel less sure of
themselves. Preventing breakouts is one way to
feel more confident. Take the “Skin Facts—True
or False” quiz to explain how to prevent and
treat acne.
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The best way to keep your skin clear is by
establishing a routine. using a face wash twice a
day helps clear away oils and dead skin that clog
up pores. When breakouts do occur, treat them
quickly. using a treatment like Clearasil ultra can
reduce the cycle of an outbreak.
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Answer Key:
Skin is the largest organ in the body.
TRUE. The average human’s skin covers a total area
of about 20 square feet.
Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne.
FALSE. This was once a commonly held belief, but
studies now indicate that diet does not cause acne.
Stress is the sole cause of acne.
FALSE. however, stress can make acne worse.
Squeezing pimples gets rid of them faster.
FALSE. Picking at pimples only irritates the skin,
which can cause infection and even scarring.
Pimples normally last 5 days without treatment.
FALSE. healing times may vary, but using a medicated product
may give you visibly clearer skin in as little as 12 hours.
You can help control acne.
TRUE. A daily cleansing routine with a medicated face wash
helps prevent acne, while using a medicated cream can help
get rid of pimples once they appear.
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