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Doctor insights on: Pimple Myths

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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


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Is the sun good for helping with acne or is that a myth?

Is the sun good for helping with acne or is that a myth?

Myth: I'm really sorry you're not getting your acne treated effectively. Since you're a young lady, the oral contraceptive pill (if it's right for you) can end it. If topical benzoyl peroxide has failed, your physician can add topical Clindamycin or some other agent. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could it be a true or is it a myth that foods can cause acne?

Could it be a true or is it a myth that foods can cause acne?

Myth: I was surprised too, but all the good studies show little or no effect. Being a kid with acne is hard enough without adding superstition. ...Read more

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I keep seeing this acne face mapping myth going around online. Where can I find information to debunk it?

I keep seeing this acne face mapping myth going around online. Where can I find information to debunk it?

Just ignore it: There's no need to spend time and energy looking for information to debunk a myth. It's up to the myth propagators to prove their beliefs, not up to the rest of the world to disprove them. Only if a myth starts to affect the rest of us, would we have to disprove it. Certain types and locations of acne may reflect certain causes, but there's no need for elaborate acne-mapping to figure that out. ...Read more

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This is a common myth and I am very confused. Are their any types of food that causes acne? Also, any obvious myth that you can reject?

This is a common myth and I am very confused. Are their any types of food that causes acne?  Also, any obvious myth that you can reject?

It's Controversial: Historically, the relationship between diet and acne has been highly controversial. Recent research has provided evidence that high glycemic load diets (eg, carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, sugars) can worsen acne. Dairy ingestion (eg, milk, yogurt, cheese) is also weakly associated with acne, perhaps due to hormones in milk products. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's really a myth that fast food can cause acne?

Is it true that it's really a myth that fast food can cause acne?

Yes: The studies are consistent; diet has almost zero effect on acne -- and i was surprised also. Why not eat something more wholesome for it's own sake, and because it actually tastes better? Cheers. ...Read more

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Does chocolate and junk food cause acne and zits or this a myth? Some say it does some it does not? If so should I stop eating chocolate

Manage your acne: Forget about trying to connect diet and acne. Your photo suggests you're a fitness buff; eat sensibly to promote this side of your health. I see that you are on retin-A and that you have not gotten full clearing. Don't hesitate to get with your physician who can add something prescription-strength -- perhaps a month on a tetracycline, or if neede something even stronger. Best wishes. ...Read more

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For a dermatologist. Would you recommend using coconut oil to help clear acne prone skin? Does it help or is that a myth?

For a dermatologist. Would you recommend using coconut oil to help clear acne prone skin? Does it help or is that a myth?

Myth: Coconut oil is not very therapeutic in and of itself. In fact , I would not apply it to Acne prone skin as it can be occlusive and may worse Acne ...Read more

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How to treat a pimple?

How to treat a pimple?

Gels/creams for acne: For treatment of acne pimples, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or differin (adapalene) gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral contraceptives (for women) and oral antibiotics are options also. If acne pimples are severe, a dermatologist may prescribe accutane. ...Read more

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