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					                  MEDICAL NEWS SPECIAL REPORT


       STUDY REVEALS THAT EXAM STRESS MAKES ACNE
                WORSE FOR COLLEGE TEENS

Suggested Anchor Lead: AS THE YEAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE, SO DOES THE
COLLEGE SEMESTER, AND STUDENTS ARE SPENDING COUNTLESS HOURS
STUDYING FOR THEIR EXAMS. THE LAST THING ON A TEEN‟S MIND SHOULD
BE ACNE, BUT ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, STRESSING OUT OVER FINALS
MAY TRIGGER AN OUTBREAK. XX HAS THE STORY.

VIDEO:                         AUDIO:
Teens walking on a college     BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT CAN BE
campus                         STRESSFUL – ESPECIALLY AROUND FINAL
                               EXAM TIME. TEENAGERS HITTING THE
College students studying in   BOOKS DON‟T NEED THE DISTRACTION OF
the library                    AN ACNE BREAKOUT.
(from Miami/Dade U. tape)
Emily Dubinsky                 “If I was studying for my final exams and I had an
College Student                acne breakout, it‟d make it really hard to
                               concentrate on studying.” (#2)

Scan publication cover and     NOW A NEW STUDY, PUBLISHED IN THE
study                          ARCHIVES OF DERMATOLOGY, REVEALS
                               THAT TEENS WITH ACNE MAY EXPERIENCE
                               A WORSENING OF THE CONDITION DURING
                               EXAM TIME, DUE TO AN INCREASE IN
                               STRESS.

Alexa B. Kimball, MD, MPH      “We looked at students both before and during
Assistant Professor of         exams and found that as their stress levels
Dermatology,                   increased, their acne indeed got worse. So this
Stanford University Medical    study suggests that external sources of stress
Center                         can indeed worsen this kind of skin disease.” (#7)

Dr. Kimball sitting at her     IRONICALLY, RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT
computer, looking at acne      ANXIETY OVER ACNE CAN IMPACT A TEEN‟S
case study/photos              SELF-ESTEEM AND THEIR ACADEMIC
                               ACHIEVEMENT.
Footage of Jane Goodman at THE AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION
her computer               SAYS STUDENTS SHOULD NOT LET SELF-
                           CONSCIOUSNESS OVER ACNE AFFECT
                           THEIR FUTURE.

Jane Goodman, Ph.D., Past          “College students who are self-conscious about
President , American               their acne should do a couple of things. One,
Counseling Association;            they should seek appropriate treatment, „cause
Professor, Department of           acne can be helped. And two, they should try to
Counseling, School of              recognize that it‟s temporary, it will pass, and
Education and Human                focus on the things that are more important like
Services at Oakland                schoolwork and grades, which can be
University.                        permanent.” 01.08.35


BenzaClin product shot             ONE PRESCRIPTION ACNE MEDICATION
                                   THAT WORKS RAPIDLY IS BENZACLIN,
Lab footage                        WHICH COMBINES TWO OF THE MOST
                                   WIDELY USED TOPICAL ACNE MEDICATIONS
                                   IN ONE, EASY-TO-USE GEL.

College student footage            BENZACLIN IS APPLIED TWICE A DAY,
(from Miami/Dade U. tape)          MORNING AND EVENING, AND
Students in class, at store,       CONVENIENTLY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS,
etc.                               REQUIRES NO REFRIGERATION. IN
                                   STUDIES, THE MOST FREQUENTLY
                                   REPORTED SIDE EFFECT WAS DRY SKIN. IF
                                   SIDE EFFECTS ARE SEEN, CONSULT WITH
                                   YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.

Shots of students on               FOR MANY, COLLEGE YEARS CAN BE A
campus; close with shot of         REWARDING TIME. DON‟T LET PIMPLES
coed on roller skates (Claire      CURTAIL YOUR CAMPUS LIFE OR KEEP YOU
Schmidt)                           OFF THE DEAN‟S LIST. SEEK A DOCTOR‟S
                                   CARE AND GET MEDICAL TREATMENT.

                                   THIS IS XX REPORTING.


SUGGESTED ANCHOR TAG: FOR MORE INFORMATION, LOG ON TO
www.counseling.org.


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Soundbites for B-Roll


Alexa B. Kimball, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Stanford University Medical Center

“Acne affects approximately 80% of teenagers and about 25% of adults, so we would
expect that for college students the percentage would be somewhere in between. We
think that acne is primarily caused by hormonal changes that are occurring during that
time.” (#13)

“We know from decades of research that acne, even mild acne, can have profound
effects on people‟s lives. For college students, some of the issues may be decreased
self-esteem, distraction from studies, and impact on their social lives as well.” (#17)

“It‟s always a shame to hear of college students who are letting their acne go untreated
when we have so many good options available for them, that range from over-the-
counter treatments to prescription products. I recommend seeing a dermatologist, who
can help tailor a regimen that‟s appropriate for a college student‟s acne.” (#25)


Claire Schmidt, College Student

“Yeah, I‟m actually breaking out a lot right now because I‟m trying to study for finals, and
I‟ve got a paper due. I‟m trying to make up a class that I took last year, so I‟m taking
more units right now and I have all these activities. So yeah, I‟m really stressed right
now and I do think that it‟s causing me to have acne.” (#8)


Mike Fleming, College Student

“If I‟m studying for a final exam and I get an acne breakout, it certainly adds to the
stress. I don‟t have time to obsess over it or look in the mirror, but it doesn‟t help. It
certainly makes the stress a lot worse.” (#5)


Jane Goodman, Ph.D., Past President, American Counseling Association, and
Professor, Department of Counseling, School of Education and Human Services
at Oakland University

“The American Counseling Association is concerned about college students, and is
doing everything we can to help ensure their success. We don‟t want the fear or
anxiety about acne to get in the way of their studying and doing well in school.”
01.03.55

 “Acne is a normal part of growing up, and just about every teenager will experience it,
at some time in their life. What we want teenagers to know is that it is temporary, it will
pass, and that what‟s important is that they focus on their studies because grades can
stick with you for the rest of your life.”

				
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