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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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne 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 face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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I'm 41 with acne. It's mostly hormonal, but i noticed it gets really bad when I have a lot of milk in my diet. Can milk cause breakouts?

I'm 41 with acne. It's mostly hormonal, but i noticed it gets really bad when I have a lot of milk in my diet. Can milk cause breakouts?

Try limiting : More than five servings of dairy (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc.) may increase acne breakouts in some women. Try to control your dairy intake for a few weeks and see if the acne improves. ...Read more

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1/2 cystic acne at a time. 25 yo. Been 3 years. Persistent. Nothing has helped yet. Veg/no dairy diet. Hormonal b/c cervical cell issues?

1/2 cystic acne at a time. 25 yo. Been 3 years. Persistent. Nothing has helped yet. Veg/no dairy diet. Hormonal b/c cervical cell issues?

It's tough.: Hi, Sorry to hear you are still struggling. There are millions like you who are highly motivated and resourceful and still suffering endlessly with active skin. I have a few videos that may give you hope today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwPROOeAfiY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLjyi_p3BOQ I'll be here, -Dr. Neal Schwartz ...Read more

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Can diet modifications help treat regular headaches due to spironolactone? Current dosage of spironolactone- 150mg per day for hormonal acne.

Can diet modifications help treat regular headaches due to spironolactone? Current dosage of spironolactone- 150mg per day for hormonal acne.

Not so much: It depends if your headaches are due to BP decreasing when taking you spironolactone as you are young and likely have low bp. I can't say this for sure without knowing your blood pressure readings. So diet wouldn't help unless you increased you sodium intake to increase you blood pressure, which i would never ever recommend. I would consider discontinuing the your spironolatone if this continued. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some way to clear up or prevent hormonal acne?

Can you tell me some way to clear up or prevent hormonal acne?

Benzoyl peroxide: Apply as tolerated. This will control the less severe cases; your physician may have something else to add that's right for you if it is not sufficient. ...Read more

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Hello, I'm 20 and I still have acne problem. Doctors tell me it's hormonal but their prescriptions show no results?

Hello, I'm 20 and I still have acne problem. Doctors tell me it's hormonal but their prescriptions show no results?

See dermatology: A dermatologist would likely be able to help you find a personalized acne regimen to control or reduce your symptoms. Treatment of acne can be difficult and frustration, but dermatologists are expert at this condition. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was wondering if you can tell me what treatments there are for hormonal acne? The reason I believe I have hormonal acne is because my acne flairs up around the time I ovulate and a few days before I actually get my period. It also flairs up when I have

I was wondering if you can tell me what treatments there are for hormonal acne? The reason I believe I have hormonal acne is because my acne flairs up around the time I ovulate and a few days before I actually get my period. It also flairs up when I have

Medication options: I usually advice my patients to start taking 200 mg Motrin three times a day two days before cycle to help reduce the some of the inflammatory hormones seen with menstrual acne cycling. Birth control and spironolactone can also help. See your MD to figure out which treatment options are best for you. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/period ...Read more

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Hi suffering from acne only on chin area.Also have acidity problem, weak immune system.Some suggests harmonal imbalance.Please help me and tell me

Hi suffering from acne only on chin area.Also have acidity problem, weak immune system.Some suggests harmonal imbalance.Please help me and tell me

See a dermatologist.: Acne can be problematic even into adulthood. Regardless of the causes whether overactive sebaceous glands, inflammation, or bacterial overgrowth, a dermatologist can write you a prescription (or two) to alleviate one or more causes of adult acne. Some excellent products include the retinoid category, topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. ...Read more

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Is acne hormonal?

Is acne hormonal?

Yes: Ignore anything you read online about acne physiology, alleged subtypes, guessing underlying causes. All acne is manageable today. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. ...Read more

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Is my adult acne be hormonal?

Yes: Most acne is actually tied up with the hormones. The real question is, "if i'm a woman, do I show other signs of too many male hormones? Male or female, do I show other signs of cushingism?" if yet, get worked up. In any case, acne's manageble with scientific rx. Good luck. ...Read more

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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more