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Is my acne caused by a food allergy?

Is my acne caused by a food allergy?

No: It is very well established now that acne is not due to food allergies, but certain bacteria on the skin. There is no need to alter your diet to treat acne. Instead, see a dermatologist for the best advice; this may includes antibiotic creams, other lotions, etc. Enjoy your meals! ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Which allergies cause acne?

Which allergies cause acne?

Not allergy: Allergy never caused acne. Acne mainly caused by a burst of male hormone and its subsequent chain reaction. Sometimes, irritant (not allergic) materials/topicals can cuase acne. ...Read more

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Can allergies to cats cause acne ?

Can allergies to cats cause acne ?

NO: Allergy to cats cause other symptoms like coughing, itchy rash but not acne, sob and other allergic manifestations. ...Read more

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I read something about acne being caused by dairy and sugar allergies. Is it true?

I read something about acne being caused by dairy and sugar allergies. Is it true?

Not true: It has been well established that acne is related to superficial skin bacteria and not related to diet including allergies. Enjoy your sugar and milk! ...Read more

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Can a milk allergy cause acne?

Can a milk allergy cause acne?

Less likely: Depending on how old someone is, a true milk allergy can cause eczema-like rash, bloody diarrhea, hives, vomiting, difficulty breathing, facial swelling, cough, wheeze, abdominal pain, lip swelling, etc. Acne in young infants is due to leftover maternal hormones, and acne in preteens, teen, and young adults is due to puberty related changes in hormone levels and skin. Your doctor can see what's needed. ...Read more

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Could a wheat allergy cause horrible acne?

Could a wheat allergy cause horrible acne?

Unlikely: Wheat allergy would manifest as symptoms of hives, swelling, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea or less likely anaphylaxis. Acne should not be an allergic reaction and new onset acne in a 47 year old would be an indication to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more