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Doctor insights on: Foods That Decrease Acne

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A common skin condition that causes red or white raised pimples, especially on the face, chest and back. Caused when the sebaceous glands in the skin ...Read more


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What foods increase and decrease DHT production?

What foods increase and decrease DHT production?

Tobacco decreases : Dht production because blood flow testes, where Dht is produced, high cholesterol containing foods likely inhibit Dht production. Tofu and soy products can have an estrogen-like effect and decrease Dht production. Some shellfish like oysters & mussels may stimulate Dht production. Raw onions and garlic are beneficial for vascular health & thus are probably good for Dht production. ...Read more

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I've heard that foods( eg: fava beans) which improve HGH can also increase the testerone lv, will consume a lot of these foods make me less feminine?

I've heard that foods( eg: fava beans) which improve HGH can also increase the testerone lv, will consume a lot of these foods make me less feminine?

Live wisely: People hear all sorts of things every day of their lives... But how much of it is true?... And for whom might it be true?... And what bad things might happen if one does too much of one thing, one food, one habit, or one activity? It's wise not to think much of this kind of stuff, so i wouldn't count on foods to alter growth hormone, testosterone, etc.; and would always eat a big variety of foods. ...Read more

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I've read in many places that refined sugars, breads and other like products can cause acne? Is this true? Can a healthy diet improve acne? Exercise?

I've read in many places that refined sugars, breads and other like products can cause acne? Is this true? Can a healthy diet improve acne? Exercise?

It's junk: You've discovered that there's a huge fantasy literature on "this food is good / bad for this / that disease." people write their subscientific observations and decide that somebody saying there's no effect must be ignorant / unspiritual. The real controlled studies show basically zero diet effect on acne. Good diet & fitness are benenficial for their own sake and general health. ...Read more

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Milk and dairy products increase igf-1 levels that is shown in research papers to increase the sebum production as well. Is that so ?

Milk and dairy products increase igf-1 levels that is shown in research papers to increase the sebum production as well. Is that so ?

Haven't heard of it: When reading such research papers, one should ask questions such as: which milk products (there are thousands or more), who were the test subjects, who were the control subjects (did not receive the test products), how many people were tested (the more the better), how much were the igf-1 levels affected, etc... Sometimes research papers have trustworthy results; othertimes not at all. ...Read more

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I read that most birth control pills that reduce acne, also reduce libido. Is this true? Is there one that clears acne without reducing sex drive?

I read that most birth control pills that reduce acne, also reduce libido. Is this true? Is there one that clears acne without reducing sex drive?

Side effects: Oral contraceptives/birth control pills were developed to prevent pregnancy. A side effect of improving acne was noted. Loss of desire for intercourse is not usually a significant side effect. ...Read more

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Is there evidence that diet changes (minimize sugar/carbs, gluten free etc...) can help a child with adhd?

Is there evidence that diet changes (minimize sugar/carbs, gluten free etc...) can help a child with adhd?

Unless a child has: Gluten enteropathy (celiac disease) documented by specific laboratory tests, there's no medical reason to use a gluten-free diet. Likewise, removing milk/milk products is necessary only for a milk protein allergy. There's no scientific evidence of efficacy of dietary manipulation in treatment of core symptoms of adhd., except in a very few who are sensitive to food additives. ...Read more

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Whar are some natural foods that will increase my metabolics?

Whar are some natural foods that will increase my metabolics?

Burn fat faster? Nah: There are few magic foods that "burn" calories no matter how many claims you hear or read. There is no substitute for exercise, portion control, & calorie restriction. That being said, you increase metabolism if you eat breakfast (versus not), avoid empty calories like alcohol & junk food, speed stomach emptying with small volume low fat meals. Avoid stimulants (caffeine), laxatives, fad diets. ...Read more

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Do the birth control pills that improve girls' acne also help decrease their body hair?

Do the birth control pills that improve girls' acne also help decrease their body hair?

But...: Medical therapy to prevent new hair growth will not eliminate hair that is already present. Depending on the color and thickness of the hair these can be removed using lasers or electrolysis. There is also a prescription cream called vaniqa that can slow the rate of hair growth but does not actually remove it. ...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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Does oily food contribute to acne/pimples?

Does oily food contribute to acne/pimples?

Foods and acne: So far two food groups that have been shown to contribute to acne are dairy products and high glycemic index carbs. In men, chocolate has been shown to worsen acne as well. So far there is no evidence for oily foods contributing to acne. ...Read more

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Food and diet rich to increase health of utreus and stimulate ovulation and reduce infertility. Plz suggest foods to induce/stimulate ovulation.

Food and diet rich to increase health of utreus and stimulate ovulation and reduce infertility. Plz suggest foods to induce/stimulate ovulation.

Reality check...: A generally healthy diet low in fats and with balanced protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals along with general good health and exercise, will increase "health of the uterus". However, diet alone will not "stimulate ovulation" or treat problems like endometriosis or scar tissue or ovulatory dysfunction, etc that contribute to infertility. ...Read more

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Will Accutane acne pills inhibit or reduce body hair?

Will  Accutane acne pills inhibit or reduce body hair?

Who knows???: Accutane has been associated with both hair loss and unwanted hair growth. There are actually a number of things like this in medicine, which i always find fascinating. Non-stertoidals (nsaids), such as ibuprofen, for instance can be associated with constipation or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are the Natural food & things that helps reduce Depression.

What are the Natural food & things that helps reduce Depression.

Many approaches: There are many natural treatments for depression, including counseling, healthy diet,exercise,fish oil, B complex, vit. D, 5-HTP and SAMe, herbs like St. John's wort, rhodiola and curcumin, homeopathic medicines & magnetic therapy. Treatment is best individualized. If one is hypothyroid then thyroid hormone helps. If one is allergic to gluten then avoid it, etc. I advise seeing an integrative doc. ...Read more

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What foods rich in estrogen that helps to increase breast size?

What foods rich in estrogen that helps to increase breast size?

Don't waste your $: And time. There is no good non-surgical way to increase breast size. See a surgeon certified by the american board of plastic surgery to evaluate the realistic options for your particular case. ...Read more

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What foods and drinks shall I avoid that trigger acne?

What foods and drinks shall I avoid that trigger acne?

Sugars: Cutting back on sugars, pastas, white rice can help. Consume more whole foods, whole grains and increase omega three fatty acids (foods like walnuts, avocados, flaxseed oil, and salmon). Drink plenty of water. In short eat healthy and avoid processed foods. ...Read more

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What food causes of acne?

What food causes of acne?

Sugars: Too many carbohydrates change the chemistry in your body and can lead to acne. Another food problem is food allergy, and toxins in food (for instance bromine in proceeded foods can cause acne). ...Read more

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What are the best foods for acne?

What are the best foods for acne?

Foods and acne: It's better to ask what foods are best to avoid for acne. These include foods with a high glycemic index (think processed carbs like white flour and white sugar) and dairy (a higher association with skim milk). Some believe gluten and processed vegetable oils can also make it worse. I recommend filling your diet with a variety of nutrients from plants, high quality fats, and fermented foods. ...Read more

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Could eating sugary foods cause acne?

Could eating sugary foods cause acne?

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

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High GI food cause acne?

High GI food cause acne?

Maybe: There is a link between low GI food and improvement in acne symptoms (american journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 86, no. 1, 107-115, july 2007). It is not clear if a high-glycemic-load *causes* acne, but it looks like it certain won't help it. ...Read more

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Is a food good for acne?

Is a food good for acne?

No Association: Many studies have been conducted to determine an association between diet and acne. At this time there does not appear to be a correlation. Thus, no food has been identified via studies to clear acne. ...Read more

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What foods can worsen my acne?

Glycemic index: There are no clear associations with any food and acne, but some data suggests that high glycemic foods might be associated to acne. Avoiding these foods is good for your overall health, too! ...Read more

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What type of foods can cause acne?

What type of foods can cause acne?

Dairy,: and now high fatty foods are being linked to acne. but i suggest staying away from high glycemic index foods (sodas, sweets... ...Read more

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Do certain foods really cause acne?

Do certain foods really 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 more

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Can nonhealthy foods&pop cause acne?

Probably not: The relationship between diet and acne has always been controversial. Many patients are convinced that certain foods make their acne worse. Nevertheless, despite occasional studies suggesting otherwise, the consensus among dermatologists is that diet is causally unrelated to acne. ...Read more

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Any dorm food that is good for acne?

Any dorm food that is good for acne?

No: You deserve treatment. I start with topical clindamycin, plus benzoyl peroxide if there aren't a lot of blackheads or a retinoic acid derivative if there are. A woman is often cleared by the oral contraceptive pill. If it's harder to manage, i add a systemic antibiotic appropriate for the person. Dermatologists have the big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does greasy food cause acne?

They do? : Greasy foods don't cause acne. Greasy (oily) skin causes acne with hormone and bacterial help. ...Read more

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Which food types and foods cause acne?

Which food types and foods cause acne?

Milk, simple carbs: Recent research confirms that milk ; high-glycemic (sugary ; starchy foods) significantly worsen acne: http://bit.Ly/1hbmums those following a low-glycemic diet had significant improvements in acne: http://ajcn.Nutrition.Org/content/86/1/107.Full not everyone yet accepts this; chocolate may also be a culprit. For more see http://www.Aad.Org/dw/monthly/2012/acne/diet-and-acne#.Uq12gi0-7oa. ...Read more

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Does certain kinds of food cause acne?

Does certain kinds of food cause acne?

Not clear: There have been various studies, none conclusive, that link acne to several types of foods including foods with high glycemic index that raise blood sugar, dairy foods, particularly those with hormones, gluten, and saturated fats. As the evidence is unclear, it is best to eat a healthy diet without dairy (get calcium from other sources), limit saturated fats and gluten, and avoid simple carbs. ...Read more

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Does chocolate and fried food cause acne?

No: We are all different, and react differently to foods and other things in the environment. If certain foods cause trouble for you, then your options are to either avoid them or try to reduce your sensitivity with homeopathic treatment: www.Bookonhealing.Com. ...Read more

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Does greasy foods and chocolates cause acne?

Does greasy foods and chocolates cause acne?

No.: Despite the millions of patients with acne who love chocolate and greasy foods there is no evidence of a relationship. There is a potential but weak relationship with milk consumption. ...Read more

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How can I change my diet to decrease my acne?

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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What can I do to decrease the redness of my acne?

What can I do to decrease the redness of my acne?

Options exist: Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon or dematologist to evaluate your personal options. This may include lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion or prescription skin care. There are many options and you need a regimen tailored to your specific situation and expected results. ...Read more

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Could eating chocolate or greasy foods cause acne?

Could eating chocolate or greasy foods cause 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 more

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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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