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Clearing Acne And Building Self-Esteem One Class At A Time

Posted Aug 11 2008 9:13pm

Last night I dreamed that I had severe acne again. When I woke up (and after a quick check in the mirror to make sure it was just a dream), I realized that I’d previously forgotten how emotionally traumatic having acne can actually be, and how it can literally take a hold of your happiness, your social life, and …really just your life in general.

clearupskincareI recently had a phone conversation with Debi Byrnes, a very kind hearted soul who has founded the not-for-profit public benefit corporation - - an organization to provide an educational outreach program to middle and high school students about the physical and emotional effects of acne.

Like me, Debi has also had to fight her own acne battle, so she knows exactly what it’s like to suffer from the emotional and physical discomfort that acne brings along with it. And I guess it was through these years of acne that Debi’s determination grew to help others in the same situation as herself.

Here is a video interview with Debi:

I love how Debi educates students about how actors and celebrities get acne too. This is so true, and I’m sure you’ve already seen snap shots of stars like Brittney Spears and Cameron Diaz with pimples.

Program description

Clear Up Skin Care develops and disseminates information about acne, and teaches methods through which teenagers can build their self-esteem and increase their feelings of self-worth.

The presentations offer free, informative, and accurate information about acne and building self-esteem. The program empowers teens to understand that they can control how they take care of themselves, which will help them to feel positive about how they look, how they feel, and what they are able to achieve. Clear Up Skin Care is beginning to fulfill an important need as demonstrated by a 7th grader’s comments about the program, “I learned a lot about skin care and self-esteem. Thank you - you really helped me.”


Please help support

Clear Up Skin Care is looking for volunteers to help teach in the schools, so please contact Debi if you’re interested in joining the team. You don’t have to be a qualified teacher to help out, all you need is to share a similar interest in the cause.

If you’re a teacher or belong to a school community and would like to help bring the program to your school, contact Debi also.

And of course, I encourage all teen acne sufferers to check out, and to send Debi a message if you have any questions. She’s more than happy to help out, so I’m sure she’d love to hear from you.


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