DR. SILVERMAN POSTS
Falling down and getting cuts and scrapes are a common part of childhood. Most young children, however, aren’t worrying about the scars that can result from these. As a mom, it’s important for you to care for your child’s scar so that it won’t have any long-term effects on his or her body image. By instilling good skin and scar care habits early, you can help reduce the appearance of your child’s scars and help ease their concerns about their appearance. With this in mind, I’ve compiled some tips for caring for your child’s skin, including how to best reduce the appearance of a scar.
Many of the teenaged patients I see talk to me about the challenges they face on a daily basis – things like being accepted by their peers, keeping up with ever-changing trends or even simply maintaining their self-confidence during a time in their life that is often perceived as one of the most stressful. I’ve found that, for many teens, their feelings of self-worth are more often based on how others perceive them than how they see themselves. From my experience, self-worth is closely tied to their image and thus teens are often self-conscious about imperfections on their skin, such as stretch marks. Stretch marks are a common occurrence during the teenage years that, unfortunately, can have a real impact on self-esteem.
I’m excited to share the results of the Mederma® Wear Your Skin Proudly™ survey! As a body image expert, I am very interested in learning more about how appearance can impact self-confidence, and the Mederma® Wear Your Skin Proudly™ survey helps shed some light on how men and women view their skin imperfections, such as scars and stretch marks, and how these imperfections can affect self-confidence.
The body is like a window; whatever is happening emotionally on the inside can be seen on the outside. Maintaining a positive attitude will help ensure both emotional and skin health. As a psychologist, I notice that many patients suffer from a number of skin and health issues as a result of high stress or anxiety. In fact, psychological strain can lead to situations that cause your skin stress, whether it’s a decrease in the speed of wound healing, increased acne breakouts or dry skin.
All information in the Mederma® Learning Center is intended for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice. You should seek professional medical care if you have any concerns about your skin.