Materials: A Simple Pimple Recipe handout
1. Facilitator tells students that “acne” is an old Greek word that actually means “skin eruption.” Today they are going to find out what exactly pimples are.
2. Facilitator asks students to tell him/her everything they know about pimples.
a. If students are unresponsive, Facilitator can ask pointed questions such as:
- Have you ever seen a commercial on TV for acne? Can you describe it?
- How would you describe a pimple?
- When do you get pimples?
b. Discussion should be short: 3-5 minutes.
3. Facilitator then switches topics and asks, “If I want to cook something but don’t know how, what can I use? What do I do?”
a. Students should say, “Recipe.”
b. If students answer incorrectly, Facilitator can give hints or give them positive feedback on their answers and say something along the lines of, “True! But we could also use a recipe!”
4. Facilitator then hands out A Simple Pimple Recipe handout
handout to students and says, “Today we are going to learn how to make a pimple!”
5. Facilitator asks a student to read out the ingredients (oil, bacteria, dead skin cells) then explains that, although it might sound gross, our skin has these already. It’s not the ingredients that cause the pimples, but the amount of the ingredients.
6. Facilitator then has students each read a line of the directions.
7. After a student reads the “Note” at the end of the directions, Facilitator explains that around the age of 12 and 13, they will be going through puberty, which is essentially their bodies growing up and starting the process of becoming adults. During this time, a lot of kids get pimples because there are a lot of changes going on in their bodies. It’s normal. Some kids get it worse than others though.
8. Facilitator checks for questions/clarifications and asks, “So what are the three ingredients we need for pimples?”
a. Students should respond, “Oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells.”
b. If students answer incorrectly, Facilitator should guide them to the ingredient list.
9. Facilitator asks, “Do we need a lot of oil for a pimple or a little?”
a. Students should respond, “A lot!”
10. Facilitator then tells students there are lots of different kinds of pimples, but they are going to learn about two different kinds: blackheads and whiteheads.
11. Facilitator then asks students to read the “Variations of the Simple Pimple”.
a. After a student reads “Bold Blackhead”, Facilitator explains that they look like tiny little dots and can usually be seen on the nose.