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Why Do I Have Such Bad Acne
Use real science: Acne isn't caused by "bad" toxins. Someone not only told you this in baby talk, they told you lies and made you feel dirty in order to to sell you something worthless. Acne's a chronic, serious, non-lifestyle-related disease that can be managed until it remits on its own. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day does not clear you in two weeks, prescription-strength medicine is indicated. ...Read more
Does lifting weights cause acne? I am having a bad outbreak of acne after starting to lift weights.
I heard that masturbation is bad for body builders and its the main cause of pimple and acne....is it true?
Wrong: I am sorry people are still telling you these flat-out lies. Masturbation doesn't cause any problems for any one with respect to physical issues. My suggestion is to tell any of those people who say such things to go away and ignore anything else such ignorant people tell you about sex and masturbation whether it be family or other people in so-called respected positions. ...Read more
I'm 41 with acne. It's mostly hormonal, but I noticed it gets really bad when I have a lot of milk in my diet. Can milk cause breakouts?
What should I do? I have a somewhat bad case of acne. I have had thing for years and years now. I have tried everything from Proactiv so medication and creams. Nothing seems to be working. I would like to have clear skin. Because it brings my self confid
Tea mixed with milk, is it bad for skin health and does it cause acne or dull skin if yu drink two cups a day?
Acne keeps coming and going and it's coming bad what causes it?, can stress cause it? Or smoking cigarettes? Does the sun help get rid of it?
May copper deficiency cause nausea? I've been taking zinc lately (acne) I stopped 'cause yesterday I was feeling so bad, a little bit better today..
Copper deficiency: Yes it can for sureGet a more detailed answer ›
What are the direct cause of high testosterone & hormonal changes which is causing me bad acne. How to control the levels, should I stop masturbating!?
Scientific Rx: At age 25, you won't be able to go without enjoying your body -- you won't be able to focus or get to sleep. And it has nothing to do with your acne. It's regreettable that your acne has been neglected this long. If it's severe, start topical benzoyl peroxide and phone your physician like a man. ...Read more
I have really bad acne on my buttox (mid teens girl) and they constantly appear, some bleed and leave marks for a while, cause/treatment?
I don't have money for plastic surgery for my really bad acne scars. What else do I have left to do?
Dermatology clinic: Plastic/cosmetic surgeries are quite expensive, but you maybe able to find a lower cost option by finding a nearby/regional dermatology residency training/clinic. The residents, are supervised by trained dermatologists, can provide excellent care, often at a lower cost, maybe even free. In the meantime, see doc to get acne treatment to avoid further acne development/trouble. Best of luck to you. ...Read more
I've had bad experiences with klonopin in the past. Dr gave me neurontin (gabapentin). Any chance this med can cause cystic acne or cause irreg. Menstruation?
Does bad digestion or intestinal problems cause acne and/clogged pores? I have weird bowel movements and clogged pores/mild acne all over my face
Acne: Discuss these issues with a board certified dermatologist who can examine your skin. ...Read more
Scientific Rx: Severe acne, or any acne on the trunk, usually requires systemic treatment (pills) plus topical treatment. Get with your personal physician. If you're female, the oral contraceptive pill may clear you. Otherwise, if topical benzoyl peroxide and a course of systemic antibiotic fails, consider isotretinoin. ...Read more
Acne: Your doctor may be able to help you with prescribing a antibiotic/acne medicated body wash as well as retin-a. This will help address the 3 ways that lead to acne - oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria. You may also try to wear lose fitting clothing particularly during activities with high perspiration. ...Read more
What to do if I have a few acne pits but there not really bad. Is there any naturalbe less noticable?
Your changing body: I hope you welcome the changes that turn you from a child into an adult. The chemical chaos often produces an environment in which the oils and bacteria that cause acne flourish. Thankfully, all acne is manageable today, and it's wrong for anyone to deny you the cheap, effective treatments that are available. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Physician can help: It's a chronic disease that eventually remits, and it not lifestyle-related or your fault. Acne that is really severe usually requires systemic rx in addition to topical medication. If an antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day fails, it is time to consider a dermatologist referral for isotretinoin. Do what you have to. ...Read more
Mostly no: Smoking generally does not affect acne, though it does cause early aging. However, there is some controversy, as there is in much of medicine. There is some research that shows smokers have less acne than nonsmokers (http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/16645586), and some that shows worsening of a certain type of acne in adults who smoke (not teens) (http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/20619486). ...Read more