Skin conditions in young people: A practical guide on how to be comfortable in your skin

ISBN : 9780192895424

Tess McPherson
176 Pages
130 x 195 mm
Pub date
Sep 2021
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Many young people suffer from skin conditions which affect their physical and mental wellbeing. In the modern 'appearance-focused' world of social media, skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis can be particularly psychologically challenging. Furthermore, with so much (mis)information out there, it can be hard to know where to start when looking for advice. This book provides clear, accurate, and evidence-based information for young people with skin conditions. It outlines what 'normal' skin is, with subsequent chapters covering the most common skin problems, including acne, eczema, alopecia, hidradenitis, psoriasis, sweating, urticaria, vitiligo, and others. Each chapter describes the condition in a clear, easy-to-read format, and offers practical, evidence-based advice for treating and managing symptoms. Additional resources in each chapter provide reliable sources for finding further information. The book also includes a unique section addressing the impact skin can have on your life and ways to address this. The book is written with teenagers and young adults in mind, but the information will be useful for anyone with a skin problem, or those involved with young people including parents, teachers, and health workers.


Part 1: Introduction to Skin
1 Introduction
2 Normal skin
Part 2: Problem skin
3 Spots and Acne
4 Dry skin and Eczema
5 Hives and Urticaria
6 Psoriasis
7 Hidradenitis suppurativa
8 Systemic treatments for inflammation
9 Sweating
10 Hair and hair loss
11 Skin pigmentation and Vitiligo
12 Genital conditions
13 Moles and marks
14 Bugs on skin
Part 3: Living in your skin
15 Brain and skin
16 Skin and mental health
17 How to be comfortable in your skin
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About the author: 

Dr Tess McPherson is Consultant Dermatologist, Senior Clinical Lecturer & Clinical Lead for Paediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Oxford University Hospitals where she has established an award-winning service with psychological support for adolescents with skin conditions. Dr McPherson has also worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in South America, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Washington, D.C. and Birmingham's Children's Hospital. Dr McPherson is active in national and international paediatric dermatology including elected secretary (President-elect) of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology (BSPD), developing clinical guidelines and patient information for the British Association of Dermatology (BAD), monitoring of medications in children and young people (BADBIR registry), lead clinician for a web-resource for young people (healthtalk.org) and work with charities and patient groups.

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