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A 45-year-old member asked:

could eating sugary foods cause acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: The link between diet and acne is weak, the strongest being with dairy as a cause and even this is soft. If you have to ask, you should be taking advantage of what real science can offer for prophylaxis. Topical benzoyl peroxide 5% once a day to prevent, or 2x/day to treat; if not clear after this, your personal physician has many options.

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A 17-year-old female asked:

After i've done my research about dairy products and sugary foods linking to acne I am very curious whether all doctors support this evidence. Help?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Diet and Acne: Recent studies have linked diet and acne. Dairy products is one cause of acne in some patients. Sugar is also linked to acne. If my wife has too much chocolate she will break out. If i drink too much fruit juice, i develop cysts in my hair line. Thus, for some patients there is a diet corelation with acne.

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