The health of a teenager’s skin is related to his or her degree of self-efficacy. Recent research has shown that young people with low self-efficacy have more skin problems than people with high self-efficacy.
Many people feel their skin to be itchy. But a study of more than 2,500 teenagers (aged 17 to 19 years) by the University of Oslo in Norway demonstrates that the incidence of itchiness is double among people with little confidence compared to people who are confident in what they are and do. Previous research had already shown that high self-efficacy may improve the immune system. Future studies will analyse whether therapies to recover self-efficacy can be useful in treating skin problems.