The Skin Deep Project

The Skin Deep Project
May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, with the first Monday of May set aside as Melanoma Monday. As days grow longer and teens seek the sun, it is important to raise awareness about healthy skin and skin cancer prevention.

From blemishes to suntans, young people are naturally fascinated by skin. The Skin Deep Project takes advantage of this curiosity, introducing students in grades 6 through 12 to the science of skin, including its role in protecting the body from invading microbes, maintaining temperature, and sensing the environment. As they learn how their skin protects them, they also learn how they can protect their skin—from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and from germs that can cause acne and other blemishes. With skin cancer cases increasing and more young people being affected, it is imperative that students understand what tools they have to protect themselves.

With support from Neutrogena, AAAS has developed the Skin Deep Project. Join us as we take a closer look at our largest organ and learn how we can keep it healthy.
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  • Skin: The Behavior and Health Connection

    Skin: The Behavior and Health Connection

    In this lesson, students become better aware of how their personal behavior and the environment can have a considerable impact on their health in general, particularly the health of their skin.
  • Skin and Sports

    Skin and Sports

    In this lesson, students learn about the importance of proper protection from common skin conditions when they engage in sports-related activities.
  • Skin as an Organ

    Skin as an Organ

    6-8  |  Interactive
    In this lesson, students examine the skin and how it functions as an organ and as part of a larger body system.
  • Skin Care: Acne

    Skin Care: Acne

    6-8  |  Interactive
    In this lesson, students learn about the underlying causes, prevention, and treatment of acne.
  • Sun & Skin

    Sun & Skin

    9-12  |  Interactive
    In this lesson, students will discuss what they already know about the impact sun exposure has on their skin and what they typically do to protect themselves, if anything.
  • Sunburn, Sunscreen, and Cancer

    Sunburn, Sunscreen, and Cancer

    In this lesson, students explore the link between exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation and the chance of getting a sunburn.
  • Variation in Human Skin Color

    Variation in Human Skin Color

    In this lesson, students explore the factors that control variation in human skin color and the implications of this information for human society.


  • SCI: Skin Cancer Investigation

    SCI: Skin Cancer Investigation

    6-12  |  Interactive
    This interactive gives students the opportunity to learn about skin cancer diagnosis and prevention.
  • You and Your Skin

    You and Your Skin

    6-12  |  Interactive
    This interactive provides an introduction to the basic structure of the skin, information about how it protects us, and how to care for the skin.

Science Updates

  • Ozone-Scrubbing Skin

    Ozone-Scrubbing Skin

    6-12  |  Audio
    In this Science Update, find out how dead skin flakes in dust help remove ozone from indoor air.

AAAS Resources

The Science Inside Skin
Resource Type: Book (PDF)
Age: 14-Adult
Description: The Science Inside Skin, created as part of the Skin Deep Project, offers readers a closer peek at the body's surface. Inside they'll find information about the three layers of skin, how skin changes during a lifetime, various skin ailments (ranging from acne to the three types of skin cancer), and sun safety.

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This content was created with support from Neutrogena.

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