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Teen Health Series

Skin Health Information for Teens, 4th Ed.

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Skin Health Information for Teens, 4th Edition, provides information on medical conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails. It describes the basics of healthy skin and skin care, taking different skin types into account. It explains  prevention, warning signs, and treatment options for skin cancer and spells out the risks of tanning—outside and indoors. Acne is discussed in depth, including scar treatment and developing a healthy self-image even with facial skin that is “different.” Care of common conditions—such as allergic rashes, viral infections like cold sores, and injuries like cuts, scrapes, bruises, bites, and stings—is also covered. Information to help teens make healthy choices as they express themselves through cosmetics, piercing, and tattoos is also included. Finally, the book provides a section on further reading about skin concerns and a directory of additional resources.

This book is divided into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part One: Skin Basics provides information about skin anatomy and the skin’s protective function. It discusses why freckles and brown spots occur and how teens blush. It includes information on ethnicity and specific skin conditions. Appearance concerns and healthy body image for teens with facial differences––such as birthmarks and scars––are addressed, and the effects of smoking on looks are described.

Part Two: Acne focuses on the causes of acne and how it develops in teens. It details treatments such as over-the-counter products, prescription medicines, and dermatologic procedures for treating acne scars. Gender-specific tips on coping with acne are provided, and the psychological effects of acne are discussed.

Part Three: Infectious Conditions Of The Skin describes bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic diseases that affect the skin. Bacterial concerns include impetigo, necrotizing fasciitis, the so-called flesh-eating disease and pseudomonas dermatitis. The viral conditions addressed include cold sores, warts, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Chapters related to fungal and parasitic infections discuss ringworm, athlete’s foot, Lyme disease, scabies, and others.

Part Four: Other Disorders And Diseases Affecting The Skin discusses a variety of inherited, allergic, autoimmune, and other skin disorders. It explains conditions that are cause for concern in self-conscious teens, such as cat-scratch disease, cellulite, Epidermolysis bullosa, Lichen sclerosus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, molluscum contagiosum, necrotizing fasciitis, stretch marks, vitiligo, rosacea, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). It also describes itching, hives, eczema, lupus, scleroderma, psoriasis, and moles besides a brief description of occupational skin diseases. Skin cancer––particularly melanoma and basal cell carcinoma––is detailed, including causes, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Part Five: Skin Injuries provides facts about prevention, first aid, and treatment of scrapes, cuts, bruises, insect bites and stings, animal bites, poison ivy and poison oak, and frostbite. It covers care of stitches, scars and scar removal, corns and calluses, and nail abnormalities. Burn assessment and treatment are explained, along with a section on prevention of burn injuries in teen workers. Skin picking is described and coping mechanisms are suggested.

Part Six: Taking Care Of Your Skin, Hair, And Nails describes self-care and lifestyle choices teens make that affect their appearance and health. It details concerns about cosmetics, outdoor and indoor tanning and offers facts about tanning alternatives. Safety precautions are given for teens interested in tattoos or piercing. Hair health, including damage from flat irons and hair-care products, and hair loss are discussed. Nail care and abnormalities are also addressed.

Part Seven: If You Need More Information provides suggestions for additional reading on topics related to skin and a list of further resources.


Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼
  • 400 pages per volume
  • Includes online access
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts