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Eating Chocolate Causes Acne
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: 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
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
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
Probably not: Links between diet and acne are poorly understood and probably minor. Of the common foods, dairy is most likely to have something to do with acne -- i was surprised to learn that chocolate has been exonerated by some controlled studies. The key is that you can manage acne (though not cure it). If 5% topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your physician. ...Read more
No: You may consult this site for home care of 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
No: The one link that has shown some consistency in studies is that for some people, dairy products exacerbate acne. Giving this up would be a hardship for me. I was surprised to find that chocolate has been exonerated. Most important is that you know that all acne is manageable with today's methods. If topical benzoyl peroxide for two weeks has not cleared you, 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
Assume it does not: Almost everybody gets into sugar and it's cheap to blame it for a skin rash or acne eruption. If you have acne, manage it scientifically, starting with topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated. If you have some other rash, it can be serious -- get it seen and ignore "pop wisdom.". ...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
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
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