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Can a good diet really help prevent acne?

No: I was surprised too, but the controlled studies all seem to agree over the past decades. All acne's treatable nowadays by scientific methods. ...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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Can you recomend me some diet that helps you to prevent acne?

Can you recomend me some diet that helps you to prevent acne?

Nobody can: I was surprised too, but the best controlled studies are consistent -- acne's not a diet-related or diet-responsive illness. However, it's quite manageable by any competent physician, and you do a disservice if you delay treatment in the hope of a "natural" cure. ...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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How to prevent acne?

How to prevent acne?

Treat it: We do not "prevent" acne. But we are very good at treating and controlling it. A dermatologist will help you. ...Read more

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How do I prevent acne?

How do I prevent acne?

See below: Accurate diary of food intake. Lowering sugary and starchy foods will lead to improvement. Inflammation caused by food is number one cause. Of course keeping your skin clean has a positive effect. ...Read more

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How i can prevent acne?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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How can I prevent facial acne?

How can I prevent facial acne?

Scientific Rx: Acne is a chronic, non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene-related, recurrent, serious disease that eventually self-cures. Until then, if you think you are prone to an outbreak, use a salicylic-acid based wash or topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. Ignore "pop" ideas and advice. ...Read more

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What are some steps to prevent acne?

What are some steps to prevent acne?

Different 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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Are there natural ways to prevent acne?

Are there natural ways to prevent acne?

No: Despite anecdotes and ads, no "holistic" remedy helps much. I start with topical Clindamycin with or without a retinoic acid derivative. If needed after a few weeks, consider adding an oral antibiotic such as Erythromycin or tetracycline / Minocycline as suitable for the individual. Dermatologists have the big guns -- accutane, lasers. Freedom from acne should be a person's right. Good luck. ...Read more

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Easiest way to remove and prevent acne?

Easiest way to remove and prevent acne?

Not an easy answer: Maybe "choose your parents wisely?" also take dairy out of diet. ...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


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