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.
I would highly suggest you read "The Clear Skin Diet", a very popular and respected book written by Dr. Valorie Treloar,MD, a New York Dermatologist who uses hundreds of researched articles straight from medical journals over the last century to show evidence linking diet/lifestyle to acne.
Here's a very clear example. If you look at acne rates in any studied area of the world not influenced by the western diet you will find that acne is a very rare skin condition. One landmark study cited in Dr.Treloar's book showed how older, rural Japanese farmers with a low insulin spiking diet and high fish-vegatable based diet experienced very little acne throughout their lives, but their offspring who moved to cities and familiarized themselves with preserved, sugary, high fat, and chemically laced food are now experiencing acne at astronomically higher levels. Levels similar to U.S. rates.
This is because the western diet fuels the flames of inflammation in the body which has a strong effect on the rise of acne causing hormones. Although acne is a bacterial problem, it is more importantly an inflammation problem and a gut problem. I mean let's be reasonable here, even mainstream Dermatologists who prescribe Accutane on a regular basis are now writing articles about how bad diet, lack of good bacteria, etc. will only fan the flames of acne and be the very cause of it for some. There is too much overwhelming research for even them to ignore it.
This whole "diet has nothing to do with acne" is based upon about two flawed studies that were published half a century ago and were the only real diet related studies that were exposed to most dermatologists for a long period of time. Since many more Holistic-type and free thnking Dermatologists are out there now like Dr. Treloar, books are being published and articles are being written where hundreds of old and recent medical studies are dug up showing links between diet to acne. For too long, most of these published studies were pushed under the rug and ignored by mainstream dermatology.
I myself used to think diet and acne had little relation, especially to those who had "severe acne" like myself. Yet I really had never read the research and my opinion was really based on mainstream opinion from friends and family, etc. So I bought a book actually written by a Dermatologist. I even went online to check out the citations made, and frankly, the research is non-debatable. These are legitimate studies done by Dermatologists published in medical journals, dermatology journals, etc. You complained earlier how a member here wasn't a Dermatologist so why should you believe their opinion? Well, if you want to take that approach, send Dr. Treloar an email challenging her on her published book containing these studies. Her website is freely available and she takes emails. You seem to know quite a lot based on your own experience, SURELY you know more than an MD who cited over 300 studies on this issue in a highly respected book.
I believe that if you are a reasonable and intelligent person, after actually reading this research you will at least admit diet plays a significant role in almost all cases of acne. Although you may be passionate in your belief that your own case of acne is not diet related, it is difficult for most people to take you seriously when you seem to ignore or disregard the multitude of scientific research showing that most cases of acne, even severe, are significantly effected by diet. You also ignore the many cases on this own website of people that here who had severe cystic acne who went through many rounds of Accutane only to find out that diet and lifestyle change did more to improve them long term than harmful chemicals that are at best short term solutions.
Your approach in this thread will not lead to mature debate and even some sort of a compromise-type of agreement. It is combative and not a sign of someone who truly wants to debate science and factual medical studies. I can sit here confidently and say that although diet plays a very large role in most cases of acne, it is just not enough for a minority of people to be a complete cure. Can you be a mature individual as well and admit that based upon thousands of testimonials and more importantly a great amount of medical research, that diet CAN cure or decrease acne for many sufferers? If not, you are pulling our legs and no intelligent person will take you seriously. If you would like to see studies showing links between acne and diet, and you are a smart person, you will be able to find them readily available on the web on medical journal websites and even in posted in this own holistic forum on this website. They are essentially right in front. It takes a very short amount of time if you have a healthy attention span. Unfortunately I suspect someone like yourself came here to argue that your personal experience trumps scientific research, and you have no real interest reading the data available linking diet to acne.
Edited by lostinthefog87, 09 March 2013 - 03:48 AM.