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Can a dairy-free diet reduce acne breakouts/acne severity?

Can a dairy-free diet reduce acne breakouts/acne severity?

Not the key: Acne is only marginally related to diet and not at all to hygiene or lifestyle. You're wasting your time if you try to clear yourself with 'pop' experiments. Get some topical benzoyl peroxide, in a strength and frequency that you can tolerate. If you're not clear in two weeks, phone your physician for something to add. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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How to eliminate acne & acne scars on face? (affordable)

How to eliminate acne & acne scars on face? (affordable)

Acne treatments: Acne treatment depends on the severity. Mild acne can be treated with good skin care products such as Retin-A and topical benzoyl peroxide. Moderate acne can add topical antibiotic as well as peels and lasers. Severe acne may need short term antibiotics, retin-a, topical antibiotics, ala and laser followed by resurfacing for scars and or accutane. ...Read more

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How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

How can I cure acne vulgaris and acne scars. Precautions for acne?

Scientific Rx: If you are male and still have acne while on benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin, your physician may try a systemic antibiotic such as tetracycline 500 2x/day. Or if this is deep / cystic / severe acne, it may be time to consider accutane. For the scars, a dermatologist can abrade, fill, operate and/or laser; your choice, but note the hollywood stars who keep their scars for character. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can a lacto-vegetarian on restricted diet (no salt, sugar, oil, vinegar, gluten) eat healthy?

How can a lacto-vegetarian on restricted diet (no salt, sugar, oil, vinegar, gluten) eat healthy?

Balance the diet: A lacto-vegan has many choices for foods. A good nutrition book or a visit to a dietician can help form a balanced diet. Eating a big variety of foods helps prevent nutrient deficiencies. Also, one can take a daily multivitamin+mineral tablet. Lowfat or nonfat dairy products have plenty of protein. One can buy natural, gluten-free foods and cook them without adding salt, sugar, oil, nor vinegar. ...Read more

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Is carbohydrate intake and acne related?

Is carbohydrate intake and acne related?

No: I was surprised too but the scientific, controlled studies of acne and diet show little or no effect. Your acne isn't your fault and isn't related to your personal choices. All acne can be managed by your physician or a consultant and it's fairly easy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do momate cream cures acne and acne spots?

Do momate cream cures acne and acne spots?

Terrible idea: This is a glucocorticoid and will give the bacteria that cause acne a growth advantage. This is one of the worst things you can do for acne. This is serious business, not something for home remedies using prescription-strength medications. Please get with a competent physician for guidance. ...Read more

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Is green tea helpful in healing acne and acne scars?

Is green tea helpful in healing acne and acne scars?

Snake oil alert: Its unlikely to be of any benefit for acne and almost certainly will have no effect on acne scarring. ...Read more

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Macrobiotic diet advice?

Macrobiotic diet advice?

Depends: If you are using it for bowel regularity, any yogurt with active cultures will do well. If you are doing it to supplement clostridium difficile treatment, the two options are lactobacillus or saccharomyces cerevisiae - you doctor can prescribe them. The main contraindication to either is if you have an impaired immune system. ...Read more

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Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Is microdermabrasion effective for acne and acne scars?

Yes & No: There are two types of acne scars. Craters and ice-pick. The ice-pick scar has sharp borders whereas the crater has smoother borders. Ice-pick variety of scars have to be excised and can be done quite easily with small punch biopsies. The crater variety can be helped with multiple sessions of microdermabrasion. ...Read more

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Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Will clearasil (benzoyl peroxide) treat my acne and scars?

Get a real Rx: That stuff is weak and overpriced. If you have gotten scars, you should already be on prescription meds. I am sorry this happened and you need to get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Does omega 3 fatty acid supplements helps prevents acne for people taking vegetarian diet.

Does omega 3 fatty acid supplements helps prevents acne for people taking vegetarian  diet.

No: The last three real human studies of omega-threes for atherosclerosis / lipid problems showed no benefit. The vegetarian / natural foods people write about this-and-that benefiting this-and-that without needing any real basis, and there's an anecdotal peer-reviewed article, but nothing solid. Acne's treatable by 21st century medicine and if you need us mainstream physicians, we're here for you. ...Read more

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Tried and true acne facial cleanser for oily skin?

Tried and true acne facial cleanser for oily skin?

Pangea Organics: Australian wild plum & willow cleanser is organic, vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and fairtrade. The high antioxidant content found in these products supports collagen retention, helps stimulate micro-circulation, gently purifies, brightens skin tone and helps prevent discoloration and moisture loss. http://www.pangeaorganics.com/buffalo. ...Read more

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Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne and pimple treatment?

Acne therapy: If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. They work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugging . You may also need oral antibiotics like doryx (doxycycline). ...Read more

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How to get rid of acne and scars? Neutrogena oil free acne facewash will work?

How to get rid of acne and scars? Neutrogena oil free acne facewash will work?

No they won't: If you've already got scarring from acne, then your disease -- which is chronic, serious, and non-lifestyle-related -- wasn't managed as it should have been. You have my sympathy. If benzoyl peroxide fails, a scientific physician can clear it up in a short time. This is the 21st century. Please get seen. A dermatologist can deal with the scars later. ...Read more

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Will salicylic acid work good for acne scars?

Sal Acid: Salicyclic acid works well to keep acne under control, however, it most likely will not help the appearance of scars. A topical retinoid may help or a bleaching cream may work well. If you have deep pitting from acne, you may want to try microdermabrasions, chemical peels or even laser procedures. ...Read more

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How to control mild oily skin, mile acne & redness of acne?

How to control mild oily skin, mile acne & redness of acne?

A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teen acne?

Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teen acne?

Acne: Sure it is. Benzoyl peroxide is effective for teenage acne by itself or in combination with an antibiotic or adapalene. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more