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How Hormones Affect Acne
Many ways: If you consume a very restrictive diet, you may develop nutritional deficiencies which can alter the function of enzymes, organ systems, and hormones. Also consuming too much food and gaining weight can also affect hormones. Overweight men tend to have lower testosterone. Not clear if cause or effect. There are also a number of hormones that affect appetite and are altered by diet. ...Read more
A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more
Highly variable: Acne affects about 80% of the population. Women can get acne at any age. It can appear as papules (red bumps), pustules (red bump with pus coming to a head), comedones (whiteheads and blackheads), or cystic nodules (deep tender lumps underneath the skin). It can appear anywhere on the body including face, scalp, neck, chest, shoulders, back. It can be mild, moderate, severe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Alcohol can activate enzymes in your liver and increase the rate at which hormones, enzymes, medication, etc. Are metabolized. Specifically, alcohol can affect blood sugar if you drink and don't eat. Alcohol in very limited quantities is generally not a problem, but when ingested at greater than that level it can cause lots of problems, not just to hormones. ...Read more
Not alot: Sun does not generally affect acne but it in some individuals who are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperoigmentation may be experience increased darkening of the acne affected areas if exposed to the sun. Use non-comedogenic sunscreens in this instance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet/exercise: The only natural way is to eat properly, exercise and lose weight if needed. There are thousands of hormones. Which ones do you think are unbalanced? Weight gain can lead to Insulin resistance w/hormone imbalance, particularly if you have a family history of diabetes. Lose weight if necessary. ...Read more
Yes: Hormones are a big reason teens act like they do. ...Read more
It doesn't: This question suggests you've been spending time at subscientific medical sites offering various treatments to "improve your liver"; presently they pretend to "help acne" this way. The most vicious is the "liver flush", in which you'll swallow a horrible concoction and pass weird stools that they will tell you are poisons from your liver. Get with a scientific physician for your acne. ...Read more
Who told: You that you have "fluctuations" in hormones, and which of your body's thousands of hormones are out of order? There are medications which can help pms; see your doctor. Don't assume it's due to "hormones". ...Read more
Oily skin and acne: Both males and females have increased testosterone during puberty which causes excessive sebum production which then plugs up the pores forming comedones (whiteheads, blackheads). These can become inflamed and infected with bacteria and form papules and pustules (pimples and zits). End result is oilier skin and acne breakouts, acne scarring, larger pores, and hair growth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Jury is still out: Recall that soy (protein) has been recommended as an alternative to estrogen to treat menopause in women. In men, estrogen (estradiol) decreases testosterone production. Therefore, if a guy ingests a lot of something that increases estrogen in his body, this could potentially decrease testosterone level. So while this is conjecture, read your ingredient labels carefully! ...Read more
HCG in pregnancy: HCG diet is an extreme diet which includes injections the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which is the hormone women make when pregnant. The diet was a 500 calorie diet which promotes weight loss which seems to be difficult to stay off - moreover HCG can cause severe muscle loss ...Read more
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