TEENS: Having a healthy, clear complexion is the goal of all teens, and knowing how to work at having great skin is vitally important. Try your hand at this True-False Skin Quiz on food-related skin-care facts and myths by nutritionist Janet Horowitz, and discover how much you know about your skin.
T/F 1. The problem with the diets of most teens is too much sugar.
T/F 2. One hundred calories of cheese is as healthy as 100 calories of skim milk.
T/F 3. Exercise enriches the skin.
T/F 4. Exercise increases your appetite.
T/F 5. High doses of vitamin A help acne.
T/F 6. Sweating causes pimples.
T/F 7. Chocolate, sweets, fried food, and soda cause acne.
T/F 8. Large Amounts of alcohol can make acne worse.
1. False. The problem with teen-agers' diets is not too much sugar — it's too much fat (the kind you can find in cheese, whole milk, fried chicken, peanuts, potato chips and ice cream).
2. False. Cheese is 70 percent fat; skim milk is 70 percent carbohydrates (good for you).
3. True. Exercise helps the skin by drawing blood to its cells, keeping them healthy and active.
4. False. Exercise increases muscle strength, increases metabolism, and burns calories.
5. False. Acne isn't caused by vitamin deficiency. In fact, large quantities of vitamin A can be toxic.
6. False. Sweating doesn't cause pimples. But if you don't wash your face right after perspiring, bacteria develop that can lead to acne.
7. False. Fatty and sweet foods do not cause acne.
8. True. Alcohol abuse can increase the severity of acne.
GIVE YOUR FRIEND ANOTHER CHANCE
DR. WALLACE: A girl and I are best friends. We're both 15 and have been friends since first grade. I haven't started to date, but my friend has dated several guys. About three weeks ago, she told me she was going to take me out to dinner to help celebrate my 16th birthday. I thanked her and made reservations at a local restaurant.
Yesterday she told me I'd have to cancel the reservations because a guy asked her out that same night and she accepted. This really hurt my feelings. She should have told this guy she had an important engagement and asked to make it another time. I'm trying to hide my fury, but I know I'll discuss all this with my best friend. What should I tell her? — Angry, Reno, Nev.
ANGRY: Yes, your best friend should have told the boy she'd go out with him another time. But sometimes maintaining a friendship requires patience, especially at such a transitional time, when young people are just starting to date. It can be confusing. Give her another chance. Ask her to reschedule the birthday dinner. When she sets the date, simply say, "Please don't cancel on me this time." She'll get the message.
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