Acne Awareness Month, September 2018, sees the launch of the first acne education program for Canadian high school students.
The Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada has just launched “Skin Confident”, a 1-hour, healthy skin and acne education program for Canadian high school students with proven, positive results.
In a recent study (1), Skin Confident was shown after one month to bring about improvements in acne-related self-perception, social and emotional well-being and acne symptoms in teens. The program is freely available for teachers, school nurses and anyone interested in presenting it to high school students here
“It appears there is no formal teaching about acne at high schools despite the fact that about 90% of students have it,” says Dr. Jason Rivers, Vancouver dermatologist and president of the society. “This is particularly concerning since acne has been shown to affect self-esteem and may cause significant emotional distress.
“Skin Confident gives us an opportunity to provide teens with scientific, independent information to help with this common condition and its emotional effects,” he added.
The initiative is being launched for Acne Awareness Month, September 2018. Acne affects around 5 million people in Canada. Around 85% of Canadians aged 12 – 24 have acne.
Aside from acne, Skin Confident covers the biology of the skin, skin care and self-esteem as it relates to acne. The program is aimed at students in grades 10 and 11 but can be shown to any high school grade.
“We are hoping physical education teachers in particular, many of whom now have an added role to provide health education, will be among the top users of the program,” Dr. Rivers said. Educators and health personnel are encouraged to present the program.
Developed by Dr. Angela Burleigh, resident physician, and Dr. Shannon Humphrey, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Dermatology and Skin Science at the University of British Columbia and member of the society’s Medical Committee, the fully scripted program is available in English and French.
A search for similar high school acne education programs worldwide did not turn up any results, pointing to Skin Confident as the first program of its kind in the world.
(1) Burleigh A, Yousefi M, Humphrey S, Skin Confident: A skin health and acne educational intervention to improve Acne Quality of Life measures in adolescents, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (2018), doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2018.06.052.
About the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada:
The society, a national, not for profit organization, offers hope and help to those with acne by providing independent, reputable and current information and raising awareness.
Acne Awareness Month, September 2018 was designated by the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada / La Société canadienne de l’acné et de la rosacée to raise awareness about acne, a common skin condition affecting 5 million Canadians that can cause significant physical and emotional effects.