Zinc decreases DHT by inhibiting (reducing or stopping) 5 alpha-reductase, an enzyme which is responsible for converting Testosterone (and other hormones as far as I know, but the science on that is not as well-researched from what I've been able to find) into the more potent DHT. DHT = bad testosterone, DHT causes prostate issues in men and also hair loss.
That study is an anomaly. You know how 9 in 10 Dentists recommend Colgate toothpaste? This study is that 10th dentist.
Ok, that's a bad example because Colgate sucks. But you get my point.
If someone is still breaking out or you have any sort of digestive issues, it's a horrible idea to include even small amounts of dairy/grains in your diet in my opinion. I don't believe anyone who is breaking out regularly should include those foods in their diet if they want to clear their skin.
I find I tolerate dairy quite well, even when it's not fermented. I did some major healing over the past couple of years and some heavy duty supplementation and I was happy to find I can now tolerate fermented grains and they don't break me out or cause any sort of digestive distress. I don't make it a habit to eat sourdough though, but I make it for holidays to round out a nice dinner.
Raw Beef Tenderloin Raw Chicken hearts Millet Sourdough bread made with kefir culture. If I can find it, I make Teff sourdough sometimes. Almond butter pancakes Sour cream with some frozen berries Blueberry Chevre from Trader Joe's (This is a seasonal product that they don't have year round unfortunately. it's goat cheese with blueberries.) Sweet cream butter drizzled over everything Shredded young coconut with vodka sauce to make a mock spaghetti Gelato and pistachio
The sooner you realize there's no "perfect food" out there, the sooner you can get on track with your health and start making better but still satisfying choices.
Most grains are very inflammatory and hard to digest if your digestive system isn't in good condition, so if you're reacting to foods right now you're probably going to react to most cereal grains. Spelt is generally a better choice than wheat and buckwheat and steel-cut oats are an even better choice still. Slow-roast and soak your grains.
The pH of your saliva is different from that of your stomach, your small intestine, your large intestine and your skin.
I don't put too much stock in how "acidic" someone is, because it's better to focus on the overall picture by consuming nutritious food rather than just focusing on particular minerals/salts that have an alkalizing effect on the body or anything of that sort. If you eat and live healthy, your body's acid/base levels will balance out.
Dairy isn't the only food on planet Earth that has calcium.
Depending on how much processing the dairy goes through and the source, it's also a shitty to moderate source of calcium. Pasteurized and homogenized conventional milk is the worst and raw unpasteurized fermented dairy is about as good as it's going to get. Goats milk is also less problematic on the whole than cow's milk.
Get calcium from fish, certain cuts of meat, nuts, seeds and some starchy veggies like turnips and broccoli. Many leafy greens have calcium too, but it's bound to oxalate so we can't absorb it efficiently.
P.S. the US has one of the highest intakes of calcium (from dairy) in the world and also, strangely enough, one of the highest rates of osteoporosis in the world as well. I assure you, it's not because people aren't drinking enough milk.
Having high cholesterol doesn't mean anything really. It's more so the ratio that matters.
Your HDL is in the supposed high range now, but you can raise it by doing some resistance exercise as well.
Include more herbs in your diet as they're often good sources of potassium.
Testosterone (good) does not = dihydrotestosterone (bad.) DHT gives you acne and contributes to prostate problems and male pattern baldness, but DHT is just one factor in acne and definitely not the most important one either.
You can take a DHEA supplement or adrenal tissue to improve your DHEA levels. Also cut out caffeine.
Omega-3s got rid of body acne completely. Have also read some stuff on this board of others claiming the same thing. It's worth a try.
Also I wouldn't really worry about getting too much vitamins/minerals from multis. Food-bound vitamins and minerals are absorbed better than supplements.
Poison Ivy is natural too. Would you rub it all over your skin?
Flourine, Chlorine, Arsenic, Mercury, Lead and Cadmium are all very toxic elements and can quite easily cause everything from neurological damage to death, in low doses. They're elements on the periodic table and thus 100% natural as well. I wouldn't advice consuming any of them in any significant dose.
Wheat may be natural, but it's certainly not healthy. Not to mention, have you ever eaten wheat as it grows in nature? Have you ever seen bread or pasta growing in nature? I don't think I have but then again I live in an urban area, so who knows?
Black soap has palm oil in it. Palm oil is somewhat similar to coconut oil, which breaks many people out (myself included) when applied topically. In theory, yes, it's plausible that it might make some people break out. However, I've heard of plenty of people finding black soap does wonders for their skin and hair. You won't know until you try it.