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Proactiv Can Help College Students with Stressful Acne

Updated September 13, 2018

College can be some of the best times of your life: the parties, dating, making new friends and having more independence. You’re an adult now, and I’m sure you were hoping you would leave behind those embarrassing zits from high school, but for some, the added stress can keep you from clear skin. Many college kids are turning to a popular treatment system called Proactiv, but does it work?

Why am I breaking out?

So you’re finished with puberty…doesn’t that mean you are done with acne too? Unfortunately, no. There are many triggers that can make pimples much more prevalent. Oil-based cosmetics, and beauty products are a culprit for blemishes along with dirt, cooking oils in the air, prescription drugs like steroids, and hormonal changes.

There are a couple of myths that we should clear up. First, washing your face more frequently will not prevent zits from appearing. The other myth is that eating foods like chocolate or greasy fast food have a tendency to cause eruptions on your face. So far, neither have been proven to be true. There has been some evidence that may prove that diets high in carbohydrates and sugars that raise the blood sugar are more likely to cause those unsightly bumps and blemishes, so it might be worth considering not eating that extra piece of pizza or that endless pasta bowl at Olive Garden.

Some of the reason why you are breaking out you can also blame on your parents. There appears to be a hereditary link between parents and children having acne but the severity of the acne is on an individual basis.

Can Proactiv really help my acne?

Proactiv is promoting a couple different product lines but I will focus on their three-step system, which includes a cleanser, moisturizer and toner. The cleanser is oil-free and contains benzoyl peroxide which is pretty much the gold standard for acne treatments over the counter. It reduces inflammation in areas where bumps may appear and also causes the skin to peel or exfoliate. It helps to reduce resistance from the bacteria P. acnes which can be the cause of some peoples’ acne. When benzoyl peroxide is combined with an oral or topical antibiotic this can fight P. acnes from both sides. It is also in the Proactiv moisturizer which is probably where people would gain the most benefit. Both the cleanser and moisturizer contain 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and may cause some initial redness and scaling. Usually this will go away in a couple of weeks.

Benzoyl peroxide may also stain clothes or pillows so keep that in mind when applying the moisturizer. The toner has glycolic acid as its active ingredient which is an alpha-hydroxy acid. It naturally helps the skin to exfoliate. It is much milder on the skin than benzoyl peroxide and can be found in chemical peels.

As a poor college student, is Proactiv worth the money?

You have a decision to make. Invest in Proactiv or buy some coverup at your local cosmetic store. Investing in the health of your skin is the way to go. You’ll save money over time and hopefully have less scars and damage from acne down the road. Having healthier looking skin is shown to improve self-esteem and may even help you to feel more confident to ace that exam, presentation or that first date.

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Students are depressed and under stress with some of them using psychiatric medication. More students arrive on campus with problems and are in need of support. Students worry about the debt they are accruing while in college and if they will be able to find a job after graduating and it is causing a lot of additional stress for them.

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So, it’s no surprise to me that Tufts University is using dogs to ease exam woes on campus. The school brought in therapy dogs on Tuesday for students to have some stress-free time, amid the most stressful time of year: finals week.

“Every college student has stress around finals,” said resident director Michael Bliss, who came up with the idea of dog visits. “And taking a break out from that with something as easy and simple and loving as petting dogs is really helpful.”

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We all want our young children to succeed, but round-the-clock activities and no down time is producing highly-stressed individuals. We simply cannot expect the next generation to be any closer to super-human than we are.

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Read these tips on how to relax, reduce stress and maximize the quality of your study time:

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The study found that stressed-out med students were unlikely to engage in academic dishonesty, but were prone to take short-cuts in patient care. “Although students recognize cheating and dishonest clinical behaviors as unprofessional, feel guilty about engaging in these behaviors and believe that the behaviors make them a less trustworthy physician, a relatively high prevalence of unprofessional conduct related to patient care was reported by students in this study,” wrote the authors.

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clockIf I have said it once, I have said it a million times: there is just not enough time in the day for a college student to do everything that needs to get done. You have to go to classes, study, possibly work a job, sleep and eat, and you might just need a few hours of free time every day to keep from going insane. Try cramming that all into one day, and it just does not seem possible. However, if you use these tips, you’ll not only get everything you need to done, you might actually find yourself with more free time.

Make a plan. Make a list, or just spend some time each day prioritizing your activities. Start with the things you absolutely have to do, such as working or going to class. Then move on to the things that you really should do, such as study for the test you have next week. At the bottom of your list should be the things that you want to do or can do another day, such as watching the latest episode of “The Bachelorette” you TiVoed last night. Read the rest of this entry »


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