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Acne Is Not Caused By Diet

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Acne is caused by an inherited sensitivity to androgen hormones which affects the way the "pore" exfoliates creating infection - not a leaky gut or dairy allergy or even hormonal imbalance. A "leaky gut" is a hypothesized condition (isn't real) and is more correlated in the development of autism than acne and a dairy allergy would manifest in the form of "hives" rather than pimples. Also a dairy allergy is HIGHLY uncommon and affects less than 2% of adults. Stop spreading false information.

The hollistic section should be focused more on researching natural treatments such as vitamin D and "Saw Palmetto" which is known to make people less sensitive to androgen hormones through gradual exposure. So many of you people lack education and seem to view acne as a "dietary disease" and not a genetic disorder of the pore caused by androgen sensitivity as it truly is. Stop blaming the victim.

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Drink cola and junk food everyday and see how your face explode.

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Don't certain foods aggravate hormones, thus leading to break outs? I have been able to control cystic acne across my chin and neck by eliminating dairy and refined sugary foods from my diet. So from my own personal experience, I highly promote eating healthy and balanced meals to anyone who are acne sufferers. It doesn't hurt to try.

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Whos the one here spreading false information? lol, if your statements were true everyone in the south with sun year around would not have acne. Diet effects androgen hormones by the way..

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Don't certain foods aggravate hormones, thus leading to break outs? I have been able to control cystic acne across my chin and neck by eliminating dairy and refined sugary foods from my diet. So from my own personal experience, I highly promote eating healthy and balanced meals to anyone who are acne sufferers. It doesn't hurt to try.

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I think darkheart is mostly right. However, diet changes can decrease androgens and inflammation, resulting is less acne. I've experienced this myself, just like plenty of other people.

And losing fat increases testosterone, while gaining fat decreases it. I am eating a diet that decreases my acne and makes me gain weight. Which foods you eat does matter.

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No, I don't think diet causes acne but I do think what you eat can impacts hormones (among other things), and if you change your diet to balance hormones etc then you may see positive results in your skin - with acne reducing and maybe even reaching clear skin. I think diet does effect hormones (and, in-turn, acne).

It's not exactly new info you're sharing, but it's good to have it mentioned again.If you look around for past threads in the nutrition/holistic forum and in other forums, you'll find people talking about saw palmetto and androgens and vitamin D and a lot more. There's a lot of good information around this site and from 'educated' people too who can often back things up with the research they've done. It's not all 'quacks' :P

I think it's also important to remember that what works for one person to clear their skin, it may not work for another. Everyone's experience with acne is different and I don't think everyone's acne is definitely caused by an issue with androgens. There are people who claim to have cleared their acne by eliminating dairy (etc) - and if that's what worked for them, that's great. It might not have worked for you but it doesn't mean that other people should dismiss it because it might be the thing that helps them. My point is, again, everyone's acne is different - what works for one person may not work for the next.

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I think darkheart is mostly right. However, diet changes can decrease androgens and inflammation, resulting is less acne. I've experienced this myself, just like plenty of other people.

And losing fat increases testosterone, while gaining fat decreases it. I am eating a diet that decreases my acne and makes me gain weight. Which foods you eat does matter.

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No, I don't think diet causes acne but I do think what you eat can impacts hormones (among other things), and if you change your diet to balance hormones etc then you may see positive results in your skin - with acne reducing and maybe even reaching clear skin. I think diet does effect hormones (and, in-turn, acne).

It's not exactly new info you're sharing, but it's good to have it mentioned again.If you look around for past threads in the nutrition/holistic forum and in other forums, you'll find people talking about saw palmetto and androgens and vitamin D and a lot more. There's a lot of good information around this site and from 'educated' people too who can often back things up with the research they've done. It's not all 'quacks' tongue.png

I think it's also important to remember that what works for one person to clear their skin, it may not work for another. Everyone's experience with acne is different and I don't think everyone's acne is definitely caused by an issue with androgens. There are people who claim to have cleared their acne by eliminating dairy (etc) - and if that's what worked for them, that's great. It might not have worked for you but it doesn't mean that other people should dismiss it because it might be the thing that helps them. My point is, again, everyone's acne is different - what works for one person may not work for the next.

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Oh yeah I agree - I don't think you can say it's just one thing that causes acne. I don't think any food causes acne but it may in some cases exasperate it. Also, interesting point you made about starvation... I haven't looked at that and acne before so I can't comment on it but just because someone's on some sort of 'elimination' diet doesn't mean they're starving themselves - as long as they do it properly and have done their research, they should be fine and still be getting proper nutrients etc. Just take people with coeliac disease as an example - they need to avoid gluten, it's a fairly common condition I'd say, and I doubt they're starving themselves.

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I have had face and body acne since age 11 (I'm mostly in remission now due to spironolactone). I always ate a healthy diet with little junk food (strict parents) and very little animal byproduct. I started doing "fad" diets at 13 which turned into anorexia nervosa which lead me to get so thin I had lost menstrual cycle - and the acne disappeared(temporarily). It was only when I started eating again and starting menstruating that my acne returned suddenly. Which really does prove, at least for me, that androgen sensitivity is and was the entire culprit behind my acne in the first place. As long as my sex hormones got low enough through starvation where I was no longer producing "androgen" the sebaceous glands stopped being stimulated and the acne went into a phase of dormancy and temporary remission. A lot of people on a diet "claiming to cure their acne" are are actually starving themselves, sorry to say. That's just what happens when you eat a raw vegan, gluten, casein, dairy, sugar free diet as many people on here are doing.


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Don't bother replying to the OP. I don't know why these people who know nothing feel the need to post here, but there's never any point in explaining anything to them.

Of course acne is not caused by diet. It is 'caused' by a number of genetic differences that lead to a malfunction in how skin cells are produced and exfoliated that lead to clogged pores. And some of them have nothing to do with androgens. These are the reasons we get acne while your friend that eats crap dies not. However, all of the processes that lead to acne formation are affected by what you do to yourself re diet, sleep, excersize, stress, etc. and you can control your acne with a truly healthy diet and lifestyle.

It is the same as with just about every other disease. Type II Diabetes, for example. There are genotypes/phenotypes that make you more likely to develop diabetes. But the things you do to yourself is what makes the disease develop.

Also, all genes are not set. They turn on and off with the things you do to yourself.

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Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Don't bother replying to the OP. I don't know why these people who know nothing feel the need to post here, but there's never any point in explaining anything to them.

Of course acne is not caused by diet. It is 'caused' by a number of genetic differences that lead to a malfunction in how skin cells are produced and exfoliated that lead to clogged pores. And some of them have nothing to do with androgens. These are the reasons we get acne while your friend that eats crap dies not. However, all of the processes that lead to acne formation are affected by what you do to yourself re diet, sleep, excersize, stress, etc. and you can control your acne with a truly healthy diet and lifestyle.

It is the same as with just about every other disease. Type II Diabetes, for example. There are genotypes/phenotypes that make you more likely to develop diabetes. But the things you do to yourself is what makes the disease develop.

Also, all genes are not set. They turn on and off with the things you do to yourself.

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I have had face and body acne since age 11 (I'm mostly in remission now due to spironolactone). I always ate a healthy diet with little junk food (strict parents) and very little animal byproduct. I started doing "fad" diets at 13 which turned into anorexia nervosa which lead me to get so thin I had lost menstrual cycle - and the acne disappeared(temporarily). It was only when I started eating again and starting menstruating that my acne returned suddenly. Which really does prove, at least for me, that androgen sensitivity is and was the entire culprit behind my acne in the first place. As long as my sex hormones got low enough through starvation where I was no longer producing "androgen" the sebaceous glands stopped being stimulated and the acne went into a phase of dormancy and temporary remission. A lot of people on a diet "claiming to cure their acne" are are actually starving themselves, sorry to say. That's just what happens when you eat a raw vegan, gluten, casein, dairy, sugar free diet as many people on here are doing.


 

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I have also suffered from an eating disorder and gotten to a very low weight. No change in acne whatsoever. But I never lost my period. I have no idea how I could possibly get low enough to lose my period because I've been under 100 pounds at 5'6'' and never lost it. I guess I'd have to literally be on the edge of death.

Also--I get huge, painful cysts immediately after eating something my body doesn't like (dairy, gluten, some other things). The cysts will appear sometimes before I even finish the plate of food. I don't get hives on any other part of my body, just massive cystic acne on my face. How dare you say that isn't something that happens.

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Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

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You Americans are living in the stone age of medicine I swear. Probably because you can't afford to se a dermatologist because your health care system is unsocialized and your silly government makes you pay for your health care (how disgusting) hence the reason you and the clan of the other yanks stick to these "oldwives tales" of beliefs about acne because you haven't been properly educated.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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So darkheart... what is your answer then to how to fix the androgen hormones in our bodies to not cause acne?

If we all have this predisposition that if we have acne when we are young, and it is caused by this genetic androgen hormonal issue - then what explains why more than half of people who had server acne when young, do not have it anymore as an adult?

and most dermatologists tell you that you will grow out of this condition -and most people do - then there is the rest of us, still looking for answers...

so what are you suggestions to regulate this androgen hormone and stay clear... we know people do it, you see it every day...

im intriqued and agree that you are correct in that this hormone is what causes the acne - and I also am a strong believer that certain food trigger hormonal imbalances in our bodies and can trigger outbreaks... but if you dont think thats true, how do you suggest we supress this hormone?

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Don't bother replying to the OP. I don't know why these people who know nothing feel the need to post here, but there's never any point in explaining anything to them.

Of course acne is not caused by diet. It is 'caused' by a number of genetic differences that lead to a malfunction in how skin cells are produced and exfoliated that lead to clogged pores. And some of them have nothing to do with androgens. These are the reasons we get acne while your friend that eats crap dies not. However, all of the processes that lead to acne formation are affected by what you do to yourself re diet, sleep, excersize, stress, etc. and you can control your acne with a truly healthy diet and lifestyle.

It is the same as with just about every other disease. Type II Diabetes, for example. There are genotypes/phenotypes that make you more likely to develop diabetes. But the things you do to yourself is what makes the disease develop.

Also, all genes are not set. They turn on and off with the things you do to yourself.


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*Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
As well as the pesticides/herbicides that come with them

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Even taking long hot showers in chemically treated tap water is too harsh for acne prone skin

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If I took this advice I'd still be hiding in my closet wondering about the day I'll be clear of acne.

I am so close to being clear through diet alone. I don't know what my problem is - leaky gut, candida, hormones - I really don't care. What I do know is diet works, and taking many different supplements, which I did do, did absolutely nothing.

On health care.. very emotional political comment you got there - ban Mc Donalds and we'd probably significantly lower government health care costs (and also my huge tax hikes).

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If I took this advice I'd still be hiding in my closet wondering about the day I'll be clear of acne.

I am so close to being clear through diet alone. I don't know what my problem is - leaky gut, candida, hormones - I really don't care. What I do know is diet works, and taking many different supplements, which I did do, did absolutely nothing.

On health care.. very emotional political comment you got there - ban Mc Donalds and we'd probably significantly lower government health care costs (and also my huge tax hikes).

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I don't know why you've imagined that we don't know about androgens and acne. Our derms tell us that too. However, it isn't actually correct that androgens cause acne. They cause oily skin which does not cause acne. It just doesn't help.

And who pays $300 for a derm visit? Not that I'm interested in defending the US 'health' care system. But the only thing the Canadian system has going for it is that it is free. Other than that, it is no better.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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I don't know why you've imagined that we don't know about androgens and acne. Our derms tell us that too. However, it isn't actually correct that androgens cause acne. They cause oily skin which does not cause acne. It just doesn't help.

And who pays $300 for a derm visit? Not that I'm interested in defending the US 'health' care system. But the only thing the Canadian system has going for it is that it is free. Other than that, it is no better.

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Funny, I've never seen it. But we don't talk about seeing derms much in this forum except about how useless they were for us. And how the average derm apparently doesn't read journals and keep up with research and so they tell us stupid things like 'diet doesn't affect acne' and that its caused by androgens.

Few other doctor visits cost anywhere near that so I don't know why a derm visit would.


Status: Clear after 30 years. Wow, I guess it's been 6 years, now.

[ Story: Severe Acne since I was 10. 10+ years of Dermatologists, Antibiotics, topicals and ACCUTANE did nothing. Discovered oranges triggered the worst of my cystic acne = about 70% improvement. Tried some nutrient supplements like B-complex with zinc and C, saw palmetto and a BHA like the aspirin mask = more improvement, a lot less oily. Then, Diet changes = Clear.

Regimen: Anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense, blood sugar stabilizing diet and supplements (for hormones, inflammation, aging, health). No soap or other cleanser except for hand washing! Water only or Oil cleanse. Aloe Vera mixed with niacinimide and a high linoleic acid oil for moisturizer and reduce pigmentation.

Diet effects acne in so many ways: hormone balance, inflammation, Insulin levels, digestion, allergies and intolerances, liver function, adrenal function, SHBG levels, sebum quality, cell function and turnover, nutrient deficiencies, body fat, etc. Basic advice: Eat, sleep, supplement and exercise like you are a diabetic. And eat real food!

For more information, see my Good Things for Acne thread *Moderator edit - Please refer to the board rules (see “Advertising/soliciting”, “Linking” and “Signatures”)*

When you eat stuff, Stuff Happens!


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Yeah, I have the tiniest bone structure. But I was still pretty skinny at 90 something pounds. I guess I had enough body fat to function though.

I don't know why you've imagined that we don't know about androgens and acne. Our derms tell us that too. However, it isn't actually correct that androgens cause acne. They cause oily skin which does not cause acne. It just doesn't help.

And who pays $300 for a derm visit? Not that I'm interested in defending the US 'health' care system. But the only thing the Canadian system has going for it is that it is free. Other than that, it is no better.

I always see posts written by Americans here on Acne.org saying how they wish they could see a dermatologist but don't have the money to or that the going rate for the uninsured is $300 dollars for a Derm visit (I've seen this online time and time again). It's not a magical figure I just made up in my head. Perhaps it varies from state to state (possibly?) in price but I keep hearing it's at least $300.


Current Skin-Care Regimen (A work in progress):

Morning:

Gentle wash with DKR cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil (The lotion alone wasn't hydrating enough)

Skin 79 Korean BB Cream (excellent stuff)

Evening:

Gentle Wash with DKR Cleanser

Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (Following Dan's Regimen)

DKR Lotion + A squirt of Argan or Grapeseed oil


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Yeah, I have the tiniest bone structure. But I was still pretty skinny at 90 something pounds. I guess I had enough body fat to function though.

I don't know why you've imagined that we don't know about androgens and acne. Our derms tell us that too. However, it isn't actually correct that androgens cause acne. They cause oily skin which does not cause acne. It just doesn't help.

And who pays $300 for a derm visit? Not that I'm interested in defending the US 'health' care system. But the only thing the Canadian system has going for it is that it is free. Other than that, it is no better.

I always see posts written by Americans here on Acne.org saying how they wish they could see a dermatologist but don't have the money to or that the going rate for the uninsured is $300 dollars for a Derm visit (I've seen this online time and time again). It's not a magical figure I just made up in my head. Perhaps it varies from state to state (possibly?) in price but I keep hearing it's at least $300.

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