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What is the best diet to avoid acne?

What is the best diet to avoid acne?

Avoid diet hormones: The connections between diet & acne are controversial. The strongest associations in the scientific literature are with cow's milk - thought to be from hormones. Consider choosing organic (or no hormones used) milk and meat products. (most us meat made with hormones) otherwise, no strong evidence that fatty foods or chocolate influence acne. Bon appetit! and track yourself. Each of us different. ...Read more

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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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Does one's diet affect acne at all?

Does one's  diet affect acne at all?

Acne/diet: Sometimes. I have found that dieting can increase acne. Any stress to your system, mental or physical, can cause acne, and dieting is stressful to your body. The body has to work harder to burn fat, then to take in calories from the outside. This creates more stress to the body, and, hence, more of a possibility of a break-out. ...Read more

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How can I change my diet to decrease my acne?

Sugar: Gram proactive bacteria love surgery. The most commen bacteria seen in acne fall in this category. Reducing the simple sugars, high fructose corn syrup is a great way to start. ...Read more

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Please help! what should I do to eliminate or include in my diet to clear my acne quickly?

Please help! what should I do to eliminate or include in my diet to clear my acne quickly?

Diet isn't answer: Acne is a non-lifestyle-related, chronic disease that must be managed until it self-cures. You may try eliminating dairy, but you won't clear you acne until you use evidence-based medication. If topical benzoyl peroxide 5% 2x/day hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength treatment. ...Read more

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Does dairy really cause or worsen acne? Ive never noticed my teen acne improve with diet change (tried for 3 months) but still curious..

Does dairy really cause or worsen acne? Ive never noticed my teen acne improve with diet change (tried for 3 months) but still curious..

Probably not!: Science still does not know whether diet and acne are related, but evidence is starting to trickle in. Based on what we are seeing in clinical research, it seems prudent to eat a relatively low-glycemic diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fats and to perhaps supplement with 30mg of zinc gluconate per day. However, due to our modern diets and Western style of living, achieving sustainable relief of acne from changes in diet alone remains an elusive goal. No matter what anti-acne diet you embark upon, while you may see a short-term reduction in acne while your body loses weight, symptoms are likely to return as your weight levels off. If your goal is to achieve completely clear skin, your time is likely much better spent effectively treating your skin than chasing any theoretical, yet unproven, diet. ...Read more

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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

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How do you tell if acne is hormonal or diet related?

How do you tell if acne is hormonal or diet related?

Keep a diary: Hormonal acne is often associated with acne lesions along the jawline & sides of face, hormonal changes (e.g. Menstrual cycle, abnormal periods, etc), & sometimes unwanted hair growth. Few dietary causes of acne are substantiated by research studies. Dairy is one of the few research-supported causes of acne. Keep a diary of your breakouts, menstrual cycle, & diet. Consider seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Will cutting sugar out of my diet help treat my acne?

Will cutting sugar out of my diet help treat my acne?

No: Eliminating sugar-sweet stuff isn't a bad idea, but it's not gonig to touch your acne and neither will any other 'pop' idea. Get down and treat it scientifically. If topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for additional prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! my diet isn't helping my acne?

Could use your help docs! my diet isn't helping my acne?

Of course it's not: Acne is not lifestyle or hygiene related, and diet generally has little impact. Actually, food choices have very little to do with most illness in spite of the stuff you read on the internet. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength rx. ...Read more

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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

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Can your diet cause acne? Such as too much sugar? Thank you!

Can your diet cause acne? Such as too much sugar? Thank you!

Not usually: You may consult this site for home care for acne: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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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Can you tell me what to do if i want to know, will cutting sugar out of my diet help cure my acne?

Unlikely to happen: There is little data to support any influence of diet (sugar) on acne at this time.It has been suggested in the past, but little if any evidence based studies available to support this. ...Read more

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Is there anything on my diet that causes baby acne? Is there anything I can do to improve its appearance?

Is there anything on my diet that causes baby acne? Is there anything I can do to improve its appearance?

Not diet related: Baby acne is very common and nothing serious it resolves quickly without intervention. Do not scrape or pop the sores as this increases the inflammation and can lead to scarring. ...Read more

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Does diet affect acne? No over-the-counter medications work for me, so should I start eating very healthy? I'm a teen.

Does diet affect acne? No over-the-counter medications work for me, so should I start eating very healthy? I'm a teen.

Avoid: Fast food. Other than that - there's not a major link between diet and acne. Best to see a dermatologist to get you on a program to get the acne under control, if the simple otc products haven't worked for you. ...Read more

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What role does diet play in acne?

What role does diet play in acne?

Acne & Diet: Many foods can aggravate acne. The most common culprits, in my observations, are nuts and peanut butter, dairy products (excess cheese and milk), sugars and high glycemic index foods (chocolate). So, no snickers bars; no reese's cups; no gallons of milk, cut down on cheese. ...Read more

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What diet should we take to have a acne free skin?

What diet should we take to have a acne free skin?

Clean: The best answer is to have a clean diet....More fresh fruits and vegetables, lean grass fed beef, non hormone chicken etc. Avoiding processed foods, artificial sweeteners, sodas, are all ways to improve skin. Sometimes it cannot be completely avoided if there is a strong family history. I also get great results with chinese medicine. ...Read more

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Please describe a good diet for getting rid of acne?

Please describe a good diet for getting rid of acne?

Not basis of Rx: You'd get the idea from reading the internet that food choices are the key in treating disease. This is a mistake, you're mostly reading fantasy and subscientific observations, and a waste of everybody's time. A scientific physician can clear acne using medications and you have a right (and a duty, if you're responsible for a teen with acne) to get it treated effectively. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...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