Chadderton, England (PRWEB) June 10, 2007
In response to recent studies linking bad skin to serious physical and mental consequences, Natural Elements (http://www.NaturalElements.co.uk) has recently expanded the education section on their Web site.
Bad skin may seem like a trivial issue to adults, but for many teenagers, the emotional aspect of dealing with acne can be heart wrenching.
A recent groundbreaking study published in the Australasian Journal of Paediatrica and Child Health found that one-third of teenagers with bad acne had thoughts about suicide, while more than 10 percent have actually tried to kill themselves. More information can be seen at http://www.naturalelements.co.uk/article/acne/teen-acne-suicide/
In response to the stunning report, Natural Elements, whose skin care line incorporates the purest natural ingredients in the world, announced today the expansion of educational content on its website, http://www.NaturalElements.co.uk. With the most up-to-date information on dozens of important topics, http://www.NaturalElements.co.uk is dedicated to becoming one of the most valuable resources for skin care on the Web.
"I think skin care is often taken for granted, and this report obviously shows how serious the issue can be," said Louise Forrest, spokesperson for the UK-based skin care maker. "Whilst our products are effective in promoting health to the skin, they can never be perfect. To think so would be foolish. So what we have on our website is a skin care directory that addresses the issues that many people have, but not what many beauty sites are answering. We hope that the articles will provide practical help where the products, in some cases, may not be able to."
Practical help is exactly what teenagers are seeking. The study, which surveyed 9,570 New Zealand students age 12 to 18, was one of the largest ever to look at the impact acne has, and its role in depression and suicide. The study found that 24 percent of students with "problem acne" encountered symptoms of depression. Among 1,329 students who had problem acne, roughly 35 percent admitted to having suicidal thoughts, with 13 percent actually attempting suicide.
Researchers stated in their report that at an age when children are developing their sense of identity, they are "potentially vulnerable to any adverse psychological effects associated with acne." Acne may be a determining factor that creates a sort of breaking point for teenagers, an age group that typically struggles with managing emotions.
Emotions that can turn into depression can materialize in several ways, including failing grades, pessimistic viewpoints and lack of interest in activities. Physical characteristics, including headaches and stomach aches, can also be signs of depression. Researchers encourage tactics that establish self-confidence in teenagers and helping them see acne as a treatable condition.
The information found on the Natural Elements site is an effort to encourage teenagers and their parents that something can be done about acne. Backed by more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, the makers of Natural Elements have created products with a unique blend of plant extracts and essential oils that work together to protect, treat and heal the skin. And the name Natural Elements means just that - natural.
"All of our products are certified organic and all products are registered and approved by the vegan and vegetarian society," said Forrest. "Other comparable products are either not completely organic or they're not registered or approved by the vegetarian society. For us, it's the entire range. We cater to those looking for great organic skin care and products that are cruelty free."