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Please share an interesting fact for acne.

57 doctors weighed in across 41 answers

80%: 80% of the population has acne at any given time--you're in good company!

Answered 2/13/2015

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Chocolate: Fact: chocolate really doesn't affect acne.

Answered 10/1/2014

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Moisturizing: Moisturizing soaps make acne worse.

Answered 5/14/2016

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Dr. Michael Rothman answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Acne: Acne is caused by a combination of hormone imbalance, inflammation & infection.

Answered 4/17/2014

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Adults: Adults can get acne in their 30's and 40's even if they never had acne as teenagers.

Answered 10/31/2016

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Black: Black heads (or open comedones) are pimples that are open to the skin surface and look black.

Answered 4/3/2014

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W.C.: W.C. Fields had a condition called rhinophyma associated with acne rosacea.

Answered 7/22/2014

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White: White heads (or closed comedones) are pimples that stay under the surface of the skin.

Answered 11/2/2014

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Women's: Women's acne is sometimes related to hormonal changes.

Answered 5/28/2014

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Chocolate: Chocolate is not a major driver for the development of acne.

Answered 5/21/2014

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Diet: Diet factors do not contribute to acne. Acne is bacterial or hormonally based.

Answered 5/3/2018

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Do: Do not wash your face more than twice a day to treat your acne - it will dry out your skin.

Answered 5/16/2018

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Eat: Fact: eat what you wish. No food has been proven to make acne worse or better.

Answered 10/21/2016

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For: For most people, acne is not caused by something you are "doing" to your skin.

Answered 7/31/2016

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This: This is not caused by alcohol but may appear worse because of it.

Answered 5/31/2014

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Dr. Arthur Balin answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Acne: Acne usually begins in puberty and affects adolescents but can occur at any stage of life.

Answered 9/30/2018

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Dr. Arthur Balin answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Acne: Acne is the most common skin condition in the us affecting 40 - 50 million americans annually.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Arthur Balin answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Approximately: Approximately 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 experience at least minor acne.

Answered 5/28/2014

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Dr. Arthur Balin answered

Specializes in Dermatology

The: The exact cause of acne is unknown, but there are many factors that can cause it.

Answered 3/12/2018

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Dr. Arthur Balin answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Heredity/genetics,: Heredity/genetics, hormones, menstruation and emotional stress can bring on acne or worsen it.

Answered 6/17/2014

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Dr. Arthur Balin answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Foods: Foods such as chocolate and greasy foods like french fries and pizza do not cause acne.

Answered 11/4/2014

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There: There are more people over the age of 18 with acne then under the age of 18. Adult acne is common.

Answered 9/10/2018

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Whey: Whey protein and skim milk have been shown to be associated with worsening of acne.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Joshua Fox answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Have: Have a stress ball available when you feel like picking on your face.

Answered 7/16/2014

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Dr. Joshua Fox answered

Specializes in Dermatology

New: New lasers now treat even old acne scarring with very good results in appropriate patients.

Answered 2/23/2019

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Dr. Arlo Miller answered

Specializes in Dermatology

20-30%: 20-30% of adults have acne. You are not alone!

Answered 5/9/2016

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Dr. Arlo Miller answered

Specializes in Dermatology

There: There is no toothpaste that makes acne better. Maybe someone selling toothpaste made this idea up?

Answered 9/29/2016

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ALWAYS: Always use a moisturizer! moisten skin w/water-based product & decrease skin's own oil production.

Answered 6/3/2014

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Your: Your diet does not have much to do with how oily your skin is. Just eat a healthy diet.

Answered 9/13/2014

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Dr. Robert Bader answered

Specializes in Dermatology

More: More expensive treatment does not mean better treatment.

Answered 6/2/2014

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Dr. Steven Charlap answered

Specializes in Holistic Medicine

Food: Food may be related to acne, but doctors haven't made the exact link yet.

Answered 11/20/2014

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Dr. Su Fairchild answered

Specializes in Integrative Medicine

Tea: Tea tree oil mixed with witch hazel, some apple cider vinegar, and a drop of rosemary essential oil.

Answered 9/28/2017

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Dr. Amy Miller answered

Specializes in family Medicine

Dryer: Dryer is not better! over drying can cause the oil glands to produce more oil, use light moisture!

Answered 11/22/2014

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Foods/chocolates: Foods/chocolates dont exacerbate it. Try good sleep and clean ur nostrils with alcohol swabs in am.

Answered 4/24/2014

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Acne: Acne is caused by hormones making more oil (sebum) that blocks the pores . Bacteria is a factor.

Answered 3/10/2017

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Acne: Acne is typically not worsened by certain foods, however, chocolate has been shown to flare some.

Answered 12/17/2018

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Dr. William Harris answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

It: It doesn't matter if you eat greasy or fried foods - these will not make you produce more acne.

Answered 9/29/2016

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While: While most acne is hormonally driven, a healthy, low fat, reduced sugar diet may be helpful.

Answered 1/1/2015

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim answered

Specializes in Pain Management

High: High glycemic foods may exacerbate skin. Low glycemic index diet, fruits, vegetables are protective!

Answered 3/2/2015

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Dr. Hashmat Rajput answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Don't: Don't eat chocolate, acne would get worse? Wrong. There is no food relationship with acne, by data.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Spironolactone: Spironolactone costs 10 cents a day, is very safe, clears acne for most women. Avoid if pregnant.

Answered 12/10/2013

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