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Do Greasy Foods Cause Acne
ACNE & FOODS: For many years dermatologists have disagreed with the relationship between foods & acne. I am one dermatologist who believes that many foods cause & aggravate acne. These are nuts (all kinds), dairy products (milk & cheese), & high-sugar foods (chocolate & other sweets.) if you have acne, and eat these foods, stop for a few weeks and send me a thank-you note. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Acne is usually a condition caused by excess oil and gland secretion of skin along with pore buildup and plugging-often triggered by stress and increase in hormones in body. It is a myth that greasy food and chocolate cause acne but they are not that healthy anyway and should be minimized in your diet. ...Read more
No: The link between any food and acne has had supporters and detractors over the years. Most find it at the bottom of the list of contributing factors.While any person may have a food allergy or sensitivity that can show up affecting the skin, listing tomatoes as a cause in not justified. ...Read more
No: It is a common misconception that "fatty foods" and chocolate causes acne. In most cases, food plays a very small role in acne. Studies have shown that soda, chips, caffeine, fried foods, and chocolate do not cause acne. So why the link? Stress may aggravate acne, and it may simply be that we eat certain comfort foods (like chocolate) when we are stressed hence the link. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: These foods do not cause acne directly. Commonly, hormone changes cause acne which is why the teenage years are when most people get acne. Interestingly, taking probiotics and eating a healthier diet may change the skin flora (bacteria covering your entire body) composition and lead to less of the bacteria that do cause acne. This may ultimately lead to healthier appearing skin. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
No: Despite "pop" claims, there's little science to connect food choices and acne. The best-attested is dairy, and even this is modest. If you're prone to episodes of acne, you may be able to keep them at bay with 5% topical benzoyl perxoide 1-2x daily, or if this isn't enough, get with your physician. ...Read more
No: The link between diet and acne is weak, the strongest being with dairy as a cause and even this is soft. If you have to ask, you should be taking advantage of what real science can offer for prophylaxis. Topical benzoyl peroxide 5% once a day to prevent, or 2x/day to treat; if not clear after this, your personal physician has many options. ...Read more
Maybe: A host of studies of diet and acne have produced little in the way of consistent findings; a link to dairy is weak but stronger than chocolate. You need to understand that looking for a cause of outbreaks is seldom productive and you need to manage acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more
Habits & Hair Loss: Diet has little effect on hair loss. There are suggestions that too much Vitamin A and too little Vitamin D in the body can affect hair growth. Salty foods and junk food do not affect these vitamins much and therefore don't cause increased hair loss. However, they may lead to an increase in blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight and it may be wise to be careful with junk food. ...Read more
It turns out: That there is limited data to suggest particular foods set off "breakouts". Like the old adage that chocolate consumption causes acne hasn't really borne out. It's is know that certain foods like high simple sugar foods can increase "internal" inflammation and sebum production which may contribute to an acne flare. But it isn't the strongest connection. ...Read more
No: Pigments in foods have nothing to do with coloring of skin. Skin coloring has to do with amounts of melanin your skin cells produce. More likely you would benefit from using a strong sunscreen on your face each and every time you go outside, even if it's a cloudy day. The uv waves of light activate melanin, not foods. ...Read more
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