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Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans and activities


Good Skin Knowledge youth education

Welcome to the American Academy of Dermatology’s youth education program, Good Skin Knowledge. The goal is to teach young people the facts about common skin, hair, and nail conditions. Misunderstanding can lead to teasing and bullying, which is associated with anxiety and depression. Good Skin Knowledge helps combat this by providing free resources to educators.

These fun, easy-to-use lesson plans teach children important lessons about skin health and help build self-confidence about their skin. These free resources are designed to be easily implemented in a variety of settings for children 8-13 years old. Lesson plan teaching modules include daily skin care, sun safety, healthy hair and nails, and more. Each module includes a detailed lesson plan, accompanying handouts, pop quizzes, worksheets, and a coordinated activity.


Good Skin Knowledge lesson plan library

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 1: Intro to the skin
Module 1: Intro to the skin

Lesson focuses on skin essentials, function, and care.

Good Skin Knowledge>Lesson plans>Module 2: Daily skin care
Module 2: Daily skin care

Lesson focuses on hand, skin and face washing, showering, shaving, and sunscreen essentials.

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 3: The truth about the skin
Module 3: The truth about the skin

Lesson focuses on preventing the spread of germs, warts, fungi, and lice.

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 4: Healthy hair and nails
Module 4: Healthy hair and nails

Lesson focuses on taking care of your hair and nails.

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 5: Bug bites & poisonous plants
Module 5: Bug bites & poisonous plants

Lesson focuses on identifying poisonous/non-poisonous bugs and plants and when to get help.

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 6: Acne
Module 6: Acne

Lesson focuses on acne prevention, treatment, and self-esteem.

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 7: Sun safety
Module 7: Sun safety

Lesson focuses on protecting skin, hair, and eyes from the sun, including why everyone needs sunscreen.

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 8: Love the skin you're in
Module 8: Love the skin you’re in

Lesson focuses on embracing yourself and loving yourself as you are, helping others, and self-esteem.

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 9: Eczema
Module 9: Eczema

Lesson focuses on what eczema is, what causes it, how it is treated, and how to help someone with the condition.

Good Skin Knowledge: Lesson plans: Module 10: Psoriasis
Module 10: Psoriasis

Lesson focuses on what psoriasis is, what causes it, how it is treated, and how to help someone with the condition.

Good Skin Knowledge: Vitiligo
Module 11: Vitiligo

Lesson focuses on what vitiligo is, what causes it, how it is treated, and how to help someone with the condition.

Interested in bringing Good Skin Knowledge to your community group?

Submit the interest form to gain access to the teaching modules you're planning to share with your youth groups, after-school programs, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, and more!

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