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What role does diet play in acne?

What role does diet play in acne?

Acne & Diet: Many foods can aggravate acne. The most common culprits, in my observations, are nuts and peanut butter, dairy products (excess cheese and milk), sugars and high glycemic index foods (chocolate). So, no snickers bars; no reese's cups; no gallons of milk, cut down on cheese. ...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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Is it true that nutrition plays a huge role in acne and skin? I sleep a lot, eat pretty well and exercise almost every day and I see no improvements.

Is it true that nutrition plays a huge role in acne and skin? I sleep a lot, eat pretty well and exercise almost every day and I see no improvements.

More than one issue: Acne are due to infection in the skin. For home remedies consult the site given below: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-vulgaris-home-treatment For good health in general - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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What role does fish oil play in someone with acne skin ?

What role does  fish oil play in someone with acne skin ?

Likely none: Fish oil is useful for high cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and inflammation. There is a long list of other things it is used for, largely unsupported by evidence. I know of no evidence that it helps with acne. ...Read more

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I go to the gym and play rugby 24/7. Since I am a teenager my acne has gone out of control and i don't know how to fix it.

I go to the gym and play rugby 24/7. Since I am a teenager my acne has gone out of control and i don't know how to fix it.

Manage it: You're old enough to get with your personal physician, and you'll need to do this. Use topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated up to 10% 2x/day, be aware that home remedies for acne are fakes, and if antibiotics don't clear you, consider isotretinoin. The latter's not for the faint-hearted -- but you're a rugby player. We can clear you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does unhealthy food cause or inflame adult acne? Resulting in pimples or anything. My dermatologist says it seems play a huge factor?

Does unhealthy food cause or inflame adult acne? Resulting in pimples or anything. My dermatologist says it seems play a huge factor?

Yes, in some people: Some people are especially reactive to dairy products -- there could be others. This is not the same as an acute allergic response, but food intolerance can show up in many kinds of symptoms, including skin manifestations. Ask your dermatologist what suggestions s/he has for you in particular. ...Read more

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What is the best diet to avoid acne?

What is the best diet to avoid acne?

Avoid diet hormones: The connections between diet & acne are controversial. The strongest associations in the scientific literature are with cow's milk - thought to be from hormones. Consider choosing organic (or no hormones used) milk and meat products. (most us meat made with hormones) otherwise, no strong evidence that fatty foods or chocolate influence acne. Bon appetit! and track yourself. Each of us different. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! my diet isn't helping my acne?

Could use your help docs! my diet isn't helping my acne?

Of course it's not: Acne is not lifestyle or hygiene related, and diet generally has little impact. Actually, food choices have very little to do with most illness in spite of the stuff you read on the internet. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician for prescription-strength rx. ...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