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Special Summer Camp Helps Girls Recognize Inner and Outer Beauty
Date:8/20/2008

Retin-A Micro(R) PUMP and ELLEgirl.com Send Four Girls to My Beauty Camp

this Summer

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Retin-A Micro(R) PUMP has teamed up with the popular teenage Web site ELLEgirl.com to send four contest winners later this summer to a weeklong My Beauty Camp in Santa Monica, California. With the new school year approaching, the goal of the camp is to empower girls to become successful women by helping them build confidence and boost self-esteem through all aspects of their academic and personal lives.

One critical aspect of a teenager's self-confidence is skin health, including proper management of acne.(1) According to results of the Skin Matters survey, conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Retin-A Micro(R) PUMP, the impact of acne extends beyond physical appearance and can have psychological and emotional effects on teenagers.(1) The survey found that 70% of teenagers feel pressure about having clear skin; and acne tends to impact teenage girls more negatively than teenage boys, with greater effects on their self-confidence, mood, physical health and relationships with family.(2)

In light of the survey results, Retin-A Micro(R) PUMP recognized My Beauty Camp as a valuable opportunity to address the physical and psychological impact of acne and to provide girls with educational tips on skin health.

"Acne is a vicious cycle -- it can be a huge stressor for teenagers which can often lead to more acne breakouts," says Richard Fried, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Director, Yardley Dermatology and Yardley Skin Enhancement and Wellness Center and an investigator of the Skin Matters survey. "Emotional stress has been linked to severe acne episodes, and certain factors in a teen's life -- such as getting ready to go back to school, trying out for a sports team or fitting into a social niche -- can cause anxiety and distress. I recommend that my younger patients schedule a 'back-
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