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Is neem good for acne when the supplement is taken internally?

Is neem good for acne when the supplement is taken internally?

Dietary supplements: This is another example of the many dietary supplements that are marketed w/miraculous claims but w/o any proof of either safety or effectiveness. I did a quick search but couldn't find any science, just a lot of marketing. Check out http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-577-neem. Aspx & http://www. Drugs. Com/npc/neem. Html. This doesn't mean it doesn't work. Just that I can't find ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Can there be any natural supplement (pill) for acne that works?

Can there be any natural supplement (pill) for acne that works?

Only as adjunct: The oral medications for acne that are actually effective are some of the antibiotics (famously tetracycline) and a vitamin a derivative (isotretinoin). You are welcome to explore different herbal remedies, but don't let this get in the way of treating this serious, chronic, potentially devastating illness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you give me some natural supplements useful for moderate teenage acne?

Can you give me some natural supplements useful for moderate teenage acne?

Antibiotics, B.P.: There's nothing "unnatural" about antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide, which have yielded consistently excellent results for many years. A dermatologist will prescribe the combination that works best for you. Don't waste your money on "natural supplements"; they don't work, and will only delay resolution and increase your risk of permanent scarring. Trust me, I've been treating acne for 30 years. ...Read more

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Can hydrolized collagen supplement cause acne?

Can hydrolized collagen supplement cause acne?

No, it doesn't: Collagen, either in supplements or in food like chicken, beef, turkey, etc does not cause acne. There are lots of claims about the benefits of hydrolyzed collagen. Even though it sounds good to take collagen supplements, tt's not certain that they actually do anything good for a person. It's best to get protein from food sources. ...Read more

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Number one vitamin supplement to take for acne?

Number one vitamin supplement to take for acne?

You can do better: Vitamins are unlikely to be nearly so beneficial as topical benzoyl peroxide at least twice daily for two weeks. If this is not enough to clear you, your physician is your best resource. Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related illness that can always be managed, though it is cured only by time. You owe it to yourself to get effective treatment. ...Read more

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Could supplements help acne if none of the conventional treatments have worked?

Could supplements help acne if none of the conventional treatments have worked?

See below: Unlikely. There are very few reports in the peer-reviewed medical literature suggesting that supplements are helpful in acne. ...Read more

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Are there really any good skin supplements that can actually rid you of acne and blemish skin?

Are there really any good skin supplements that can actually rid you of acne and blemish skin?

Get real treatment: Health-food pills are useless here. Start with over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide. This is often not enough, and your physician may want to add topical Clindamycin with or without added retinoic acid derivative. The oral contraceptive pill, if she can and wants to use it, often ends a woman's acne. The right systemic antibiotic is the next step. This is the 21st century & you deserve effective rx. ...Read more

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Doc, my age is 16years old. My skin face have lot of acnes. I have tried many supplements, skin products. But it won't work on me. What can I do?

Doc, my age is 16years old. My skin face have lot of acnes. I have tried many supplements, skin products. But it won't work on me. What can I do?

A doctor can help: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist might use oral Accutane. ...Read more

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How collagen supplement treat acne? Somepeople take collagen and get breakoutshould they continue? Rebuild inside out is that why it caused breakout?

How collagen supplement treat acne? Somepeople take collagen and get breakoutshould they continue? Rebuild inside out is that why it caused breakout?

No proof for this: Collagen, a natural protein, has not been shown to increase by take it orally vs. A healthy diet with protein rich food. Gastric enzymes digest collagen to amino acids. Take care of your skin: avoid sun & 2nd hand smoke & pollutants, don't smoke, and get plenty of sleep on a regular cycle. Skin care should exfolliate, hydrate, & nourish with Vit C. HA fillers stimulate collagen to help scars. ...Read more

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Chelate or gluconate zinc supplements for acne?

Chelate or gluconate zinc supplements for acne?

No: Forget the slick promotions. Zinc by mouth can make you seriously sick if you don't know exactly what you're doing. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared your acne in two weeks, get with an evidence-based physician for definitive treatment. ...Read more

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Does soy isoflavone supplements help with acne?

Does soy isoflavone supplements help with acne?

Adjunct only: Soy is promoted by the "natural healing" community as a source of estrogens; ironically, "greens" publish disinformation about estrogens in the environment causing us terrible harm. I hope you'll see through the huckstering and get your acne treated scientifically. If benzoyl peroxide / retinoic acid haven't cleared you in a few weeks, you'll need your physician's prescription-strength choices. ...Read more

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I use Murad supplements for my acne, does it affect birthcontrol pills?

I use Murad supplements for my acne, does it affect birthcontrol pills?

Ingredients: I would ask the good people at Murad about the particular supplement that you are taking and whether it interferes with prescription drugs. In a letter. ...Read more

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Is it okay if I take an iron supplement while I'm on homeopathic medication for acne?

Is it okay if I take an iron supplement while I'm on homeopathic medication for acne?

Yes: Iron supplementation is very important if you're deficient because of your monthly loss. You can also combine homeopathic and allopathic treatment for your acne if you need it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What would you say is the best vitamin supplement to take for skin and acne, if there even is one?

What would you say is the best vitamin supplement to take for skin and acne, if there even is one?

NONE: Acne is a matter of genetics and hormones. Diet is important for other reasons. No vitamin pill alters acne in any way. Unless you are either overdosed (pills) or deficient (poor diet) the quality of your skin is not determined by vitamins. Adult female acne may be related to PCOS or birth control hormone and will clear with spironolactone nearly every time. There are thousands of nutrients in fo ...Read more

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Can I buy zinc supplements to treat my acne even if I do not have a zinc deficiency? I'm thinking about buying Nature Made's 30mg zinc tablets.

Can I buy zinc supplements to treat my acne even if I do not have a zinc deficiency? I'm thinking about buying Nature Made's 30mg zinc tablets.

Save your money: 40 years ago there was a suggestion that Zn supplements might help acne. It was studied and shown to be NOT EFFECTIVE. So it was abandoned by those who actually know how to clear acne. But the frauds and crooks kept looking for suckers to sell to. They will sell anything the rubes will buy. Zinc supplements are useful for only a few special situations unrelated to acne. ...Read more

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I'm taking malic acid for colon cleanse what's the best time to take this supplement it's 800 mg? I do this for my acne I've noticed it's effective

I'm taking malic acid for colon cleanse what's the best time to take this supplement it's 800 mg? I do this for my acne I've noticed it's effective

Colon cleanse: First, a 16 year old should not be having a colon cleanse and second there is no association between colon cleansing and acne. ...Read more

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My multivitamin has 15mg zinc in it. Can I have more zinc supplement to help with my acne? If so how often n what is right dosage outside regular diet

My multivitamin has 15mg zinc in it. Can I have more zinc supplement to help with my acne? If so how often n what is right dosage outside regular diet

Zinc for acne: Some studies suggest 30mg twice a day for a month and then 30mg daily may help. However, too much zinc can lead to anemia and immune suppression. Let your doctor know what you are taking. ...Read more

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M 32 yrs old, having acne problem from the last 3 months, not severe (6-7/cheek) they come & go, off & on. After puberty I got them now. Any Rx/supplement?

M 32 yrs old, having acne problem from the last 3 months, not severe (6-7/cheek) they come & go, off & on. After puberty I got them now. Any Rx/supplement?

Acne treatment: For so few changes and as they occur off and on, Clindamycin topical gel applied to the outbreak when present would be helpful in clearing the situation. ...Read more

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Will taking Vitamin A supplements cure/control my acne?

Will taking Vitamin A supplements cure/control my acne?

No: But there may well be individuals selling vitamin A who have a firm belief that it can control acne. Retinoids used in the treatment of acne are vitamin A derivatives. These are prescription drugs that are used with great care; they can cause birth defects. ...Read more

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Do you think I should take a fish oil supplement to help my acne?

Do you think I should take a fish oil supplement to help my acne?

No: If it's really acne, it will respond to mainstream scientific rx. Your physician can handle it easily. The studies on fish oil are turning up some benefits in inflammatory disease, little for lipids / vascular disease. ...Read more

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Has anyone any effective nutritional support dietary supplement for acne?

Has anyone any effective nutritional support dietary supplement for acne?

Not really: Good nutrition is good for the whole body including the largest organ, the skin. As some have mentioned mega doses of vitamin b5 have been shown over a fairly long period of time to have a small benefit but not without other side effects. ...Read more

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Has anyone taken dr perricone or other nutritional support dietary supplement for acne?

Has anyone taken dr perricone or other nutritional support dietary supplement for acne?

Sorry: He sells his own brands and supplement s that are not fda approved to my knowledge, my appoledgies if wrong, but I know nothing of them. ...Read more

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Any recommendations for prenatal supplements or folic acid and how much to take as I get acne whenever I start taking them so eventually stop.

Any recommendations for prenatal supplements or folic acid and how much to take as I get acne whenever I start taking them so eventually stop.

0.4mg (400mcg) / day: The CDC & IOM recommend that all women of childbearing age consume 0.4 mg (400 micrograms) of folic acid daily to prevent two common and serious birth defects, spina bifida and anencephaly. The USPSTF recommends 0.4-0.8mg. Women who have already had a NTD-affected pregnancy should take 4.0 mg (4000 mcg). You can try to get some/most of your folic acid from fortified foods, & rest from vitamin. ...Read more

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Hi, the past 2 weeks I get some acne on my shoulders, and the middle of the front part of my chest/breast. I don't take any supplements. I am 45 man?

Hi, the past 2 weeks I get some acne on my shoulders, and the middle of the front part of my chest/breast. I don't take any supplements. I am 45 man?

Adult acne: Can be from infection or a response to chemicals in laundry detergent, medication, skin products, stress, etc. Which is different from acne but can look like it. Please see your doctor. He/she will determine what to do or the need to refer to a dermatologist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What vitamins/supplements work best for back acne?

What vitamins/supplements work best for back acne?

Acne vitamins: Nicazel is a safe and effective prescription dietary supplement designed for the management of acne. It contains a proprietary combination of ingredients shown to possess anti-inflammatory and anticomedonal activity. ...Read more

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How to treat acne with food supplements and natural remedies?

How to treat acne with food supplements and natural remedies?

Forgive my frankness: Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that's a grave personal and professional problem. It's manageable with benzoyl peroxide and prescription-strength rx's from your doctor. If someone is forcing you to use "natural" / non-evidence-based remedies because of a misguided fear of real science, you have my sympathy and you have a right to be very angry. Hope you get help now. ...Read more

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Is it safe to supplement with Creatine while using Tetracycline for acne? Thanks

Is it safe to supplement with Creatine while using Tetracycline for acne? Thanks

Yes: I trust you are also using topical benzoyl peroxide or retinoic acid. Never use just an antibiotic for acne. Glad you are doing these things for yourself. Best of luck with these efforts ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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


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